[September 11, 2020] Every time I read an article or watch television about the Islamic terrorists’ attacks on September 11, 2001, it makes me angry. I very rarely get mad about anything, but the attacks this day were the single largest terror attack by far on any country.1 Today is the 19th anniversary of these attacks on 9/11, and the event will be used as part of our current presidential political campaign.
At some point later today, both U.S. President Donald Trump and his Democrat rival Joe Biden will pay their respects at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the Flight 93 National Memorial is located. I predict that much of what they say will be part of their election campaign. What they will not do is give us what strategy they would use to prevent a future 9/11.
But, more importantly, this is a time to pause to reflect, remember, and never forget the events of this day, nineteen years ago. In New York City, at the Pentagon, and at Shanksville, PA, where the attacks took place, we stand to honor the heroic deeds of many that day: firefighters, police, our military, and those aboard those four doomed flights, and innocents at the crash sites.
On this most solemn of days, our hearts are also with the families of those who lost relatives that day. We should be gathering as one American family, united by patriotism, bound by destiny, and sustained by faith. Today we should pay a debt of honor. This was the day that ordinary people rose up to fight unspeakable evil, and they did so with American strength.
America was attacked that day. Some deny Islamic terrorists were involved. Others in academia say that the attacks were America’s fault, that we deserved it, that the “chickens have come home to roost.” Naysayers will always infect America, but they will never determine what we all believe deeply; that America is a good nation and has always stood for good in the world.
America will always stand for good.2 Today, I will attend several 9/11 remembrance ceremonies. Those who attend will do so on a cloudy, windy day with me here in southern New Jersey. Rain is predicted, but that will not stop those I know from being there. For those who show their respect to the men and women who died that day, lost relatives, or were injured, you have my respect, and I offer a humble thank you.