Dale Righter

Illinois State Senator | 55th District


September 11th | A day of remembrance

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Twelve years ago Americans awoke to learn that our nation was in the midst of the most devastating terrorist act in our country’s history. Shock and disbelief quickly turned to fear and uncertainty as news coverage replayed the collapse of the iconic Twin Towers, when we first saw the destruction at the Pentagon and we learned of the tragic hijacking of Flight 93.

More than 3,300 lives were lost on September 11, 2001. Many were just beginning what they assumed would be an average work day. Hundreds more were heroic first responders—firefighters, paramedics, police offers and port authority officers who courageously ran into the fire and rubble without hesitation. And on Flight 93, though the heroic actions of passengers and crew thwarted the hijackers’ plan to attack our nation’s Capitol, forty innocent men and women were killed in the crash outside of Stoneycreek Township, Pennsylvania.

This week reflect on the events of that day. Pause to honor the lives that were lost. Take a moment to pray for your fellow Americans, those who wake each day with only the memory of beloved family members and friends who were innocent victims of this senseless violence and timeless tragedy.

This week is not only an opportunity for memorials and prayers, but one of hope and contemplation. Though our nation’s enemies sought to devastate our country, Americans chose to embrace each other, rebuild and move forward as one nation. From destruction and desolation sprung unification and renewal.

This September 11th let us reflect on the feeling of national pride that was borne out of the terrible events of that fateful Tuesday, and strive for that camaraderie and fellowship each and every day of the year.

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