12 years after one of the most devastating experiences that modern America has ever seen, many of us still vividly remember what we were doing when we heard the news come down that our nation was under attack. At our places of work, schools, or in our homes, we watched the horrors transpire on television. Many people were scared, saddened, and horrified of what they saw. Despite all of this, people from all across the nation lifted up prayers for those affected by this devastation. This is America.
First responders risked their lives to save others from the rubble of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and at the crash site in the fields in Shanksville, PA. Police, fire, military, medical, and civilian volunteers scoured through twisted metal, rubble, and fiery wreckages to save those trapped. Thousands of Americans came from all across the nation to help people they didn’t even know. Those who couldn’t come to help sent money and supplies. This is America.
Hundreds of thousands of US Military Forces were sent to defend our freedom and to dismantle the terrorist network that killed nearly 3,000 American citizens and injuring more than 6,000 – some permanently. Our military made it clear that America will defend itself when provoked, and seek out those who insist on killing innocent citizens in the name of “religion” or hatred of freedom. Our 43rd President stood firm in the face of adversity and later, unpopularity, to fight the fight necessary to secure our county and its citizens. This is America.
Today, we honor those who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001 and thereafter. From those on the planes to those in the buildings; from the responders on that day to the responders on the battlefield on the other side of the earth – we honor them all. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten. For those who were affected by the loss of a loved one from these events, we continue to pray for them, support them, and love them. And for those who perpetrated this senseless attack, know this: we will never forget. This is America.
Michael A. Neal
Indiana Federation of Young Republicans