It is hard to believe that today marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country.
I will never forget that day, standing in the student union of my law school, watching the live footage of the 2nd plane hitting the WTC. We stood there speechless, some of my fellow students on their cell phones trying to reach loved ones in NYC. Shortly after, my law school evacuated our building in compliance with the City of Chicago which had issued evacuation orders. It was then believed that the iconic Sears Towers, less than 5 blocks away from us, was to also be a target.I will never be able to erase the chilling images from my mind, nor the tragic stories of those seeking their loved ones who perished. Today is a day that we should never forget and in light of that, I will be doing no campaigning.
September 11th is a day to remember our brave police officers, firefighters and first responders who diligently continued to carry out the functions of their jobs in spite of the horrific loss they suffered; It is a day that we remember the selfless acts of bravery and courage of our fellow citizens who helped others, many of whom were complete strangers, to safety; It is a day that we remember how we came together as a country, putting our differences aside, and stood united in a cause greater than ourselves. The dichotomy of the horror and the beauty of that tragedy was a defining moment for our country. May we always be reminded that good will triumph over evil.
Today is a day of remembrance . God Bless all those affected by this tragedy, let us give thanks for the hope we gained through the stories of the selfless acts of bravery and courage by our fellow citizens, and may we remember our military men and women – both home and abroad – who continue to fight for our freedoms every day.
September 11, 2001 – We have not forgotten.