9/11: 13 years later

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It's been 13 years since Sept. 11, 2001. We remember where we were, what we were doing and how we felt when we saw two planes fly into the World Trade Center.

We remember the cloud of smoke that billowed from the Pentagon after another airliner crashed. And we remember the crater left in a Pennsylvania field that was a result of brave passengers who prevented countless other lives lost.

The sadness this nation felt, and continues to feel, for the victims, their families and country is profound.

On the flip side, we also remember the unity America experienced. People went to church and sang "God Bless America." Those at ground zero worked hour after hour, and President Bush made impromptu remarks that encouraged those on the scene and the country in a time of sorrow. But as time moved along, the unity, unfortunately, waned.

It's been 13 years. We have teenagers who were not born when our homeland was attacked. And that's why, in part, it's important to remember this anniversary.

It's imperative for younger generations and those to come to know and understand the significance of Sept. 11. It's a reminder of the dangers we face in this world and our ongoing struggle against evil.

In 2012 the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was attacked, and four Americas, including the ambassador, were killed. More recently, two journalists were beheaded by ISIS.

Counter terrorism and national security should not simply be taken for granted. To not remember Sept. 11, 2001, is to this nation's, and the world's, detriment.

Today we pause and remember those killed on Sept. 11, 2001. We offer our prayers that the families of those who died would experience an extra measure of God's peace today and always.

We also pray for God's hand of protection on the United States and for all members of the armed forces who are on the front lines of defending freedom.

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