September 11, 2001:  We Will Never Forget

Our parent’s and grandparent’s generations can still recall where they were and what they were doing the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.  Many of us can recall where we were and what we were doing the moment the Challenger fell from a picture-perfect sky.  Most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing the moment we learned of the attacks on the morning of September 11, 2001.

Many of us had spouses and loved ones deployed, myself included. We were millions of Americans who watched in shocking disbelief, through tears of fear, anger, uncertainty, as we witnessed the horror unfold. We grieved the loss of over 3,000 Americans and prayed for those missing in the tremendous destruction. We prayed for miracles.

And from the rubble and ruins, Americans rose together. We joined together without words and opened our homes, our hearts, and our communities to strangers. We embraced the afraid and confronted the fear. We resolved, as a nation, to never let those who perished be forgotten.

The images of unimaginable destruction were soon a backdrop to images of citizens, of all races and nationalities, helping their fellow man. Everyday individuals became extraordinary heroes.

I have no doubt that I will never forget the very moment I saw the second tower hit, or news of another plane headed towards our nation’s capital. And I surely won’t forget the stories of true heroism of those on board United Airlines Flight 93. I am very proud of the way we came together as one nation, and I vow to always honor the memory of those lost and pray for those who grieve all these years later.

We, The United States of America, hold you in our hearts and promise to never forget.



- Emily