A Dark Day in American History

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children. “
– President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

“The planes were hijacked, the buildings fell, and thousands of lives were lost nearly a thousand miles from here. But the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were an attack on the heart of America.
And standing here in the heartland of America, we say in one voice:

We will not give in to terrorists;

We will not rest until they are found and defeated;

We will win this struggle – not for glory, nor wealth, nor power, but for justice, for freedom, and for peace;

So help us God.” –Tom Harkin

It will not be quick and it will not be easy. Our adversaries are not one or two terrorist leaders, or even a single terrorist organization or network. It’s a broad network of individuals and organizations that are determined to terrorize and, in so doing, to deny us the very essence of what we are: free people. They don’t live in Antarctica. They work, they train and they plan in countries. They’re benefiting from the support of governments. They’re benefiting from the support of non-governmental organizations that are either actively supporting them with money, intelligence and weapons or allowing them to function on their territory and tolerating if not encouraging their activities. In either case, it has to stop. –Donald Rumsfeld

“Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger. –George W. Bush

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 11)--Smoke rises in lower Manhattan after the World Trade Centers fall Sept. 11, 2001.  USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 11)--Smoke rises in lower Manhattan after the World Trade Centers fall Sept. 11, 2001. USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 11)--A Coast Guard rescue team from Sandy Hook, NJ, races to the scene of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 11)--A Coast Guard rescue team from Sandy Hook, NJ, races to the scene of the World Trade Center terrorist attack. USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 11)--Coast Guard Petty officer Billy Bashaw, from Station Fire Island, bows his head in sorrow onboard his rescue boat Sept. 11. Bashaw has close friends who work in the World Trade Center who are still unaccounted for. USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 11)--Coast Guard Petty officer Billy Bashaw, from Station Fire Island, bows his head in sorrow onboard his rescue boat Sept. 11. Bashaw has close friends who work in the World Trade Center who are still unaccounted for. USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 14)--Coast guardsmen from Activities New York look on from Staten Island as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York harbor, with the World Trade Center complex burning in the background, September 14. USCG photo by PAC Brandon Brewer

NEW YORK, New York (Sept. 14)--Coast guardsmen from Activities New York look on from Staten Island as the USNS Comfort arrives in New York harbor, with the World Trade Center complex burning in the background, September 14. USCG photo by PAC Brandon Brewer

“Terrorism against our nation will not stand.”

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One Comment

  1. Ben Benson says:

    This country, its people, its political subdivsions and diverse culture must never forget what happened this day, 8 years ago. All must embrace the philosphy and eternal mindset of ‘Semper Paratus’ or.. we are doomed to repeat the past!