On September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked 4 commercial airliners and carried out suicide attacks the United States and its citizens. Two of the hijacked aircraft were flown into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City. A 3rd plane was flown into the Pentagon. A fourth plane was headed for the White House.
If it not for the brave men and women who fought to regain control of the hijacked aircraft, the White House would have been struck. Their motto was “Let’s Roll!” That fourth plane, Flight 93 ultimately crashed in a field in Shanksville Pennsylvania.
These attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans that day. 343 FDNY firefighters, 23 NYPD officers as well as 37 port authority officers.
One of the last radio transmissions from the FDNY reported that they reached the 45th floor and there were no more civilians comes down. Shortly after that radio transmission, the first tower collapsed.
September 11th will always be a day that Americans remember these vicious and cowardly attacks on our way of life. To the terrorists dismay, America and its people came together as one. We have risen up and showed the world that we will not be intimidated by these acts of terrorism.
Since that day, many members of the US Military have sacrificed to protect our freedoms. Let us keep the men and women of the US Military in our thoughts and prayers as well as always say thank for the job they do each and every day. I know of no other country where you can call 911 and in a matter of minutes, help will be at your side.
We are Americans and I can say that as I stand before you, I am proud to tell you that I love this great country in which we live. I will NEVER FORGET the events of 9-11. I hope that you will not forget either.