Washington, September 11, 2019
Eighteen years ago today, our nation was viciously and suddenly attacked by al Qaeda. I will never forget the horror of watching the World Trade Center towers collapsing, the Pentagon aflame, and Flight 93 lying wrecked in a field.
America’s darkest moment since Pearl Harbor revealed the amazing courage and resiliency of everyday Americans. I will always remember the heroes who ran into burning buildings – knowing they would likely not survive the destruction – to save their fellow citizens. To me, their sacrifices will always express the best of America.
Today, I ask that we remember the nearly 3,000 Americans who tragically lost their lives on 9/11. I also ask that we take a moment to thank our everyday heroes – the servicemen and women, first responders, and police officers who go about their jobs, often in dangerous circumstances, with little recognition or reward. Americans will never forget 9/11, nor will we ever be cowed by terrorists.