Representative Harris Remembers September 11th

Where were you 16 years ago today? I am sure you remember.

There are certain world events that take place that impress unforgettable time stamps on our brains, and we always remember where we were at that time. It might be the death of a loved one …. or the passing of a President …. or a notable sports event.

And it was 16 years ago today that nearly 3,000 of our fellow citizens were killed in a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the plane crash in Pennsylvania. I am sure we all remember the horrible images of those airplanes flying into the twin towers in New York.

Time does not soften the hurt and pain that the victims’ families and friends are feeling at this time, as another year passes since this horrendous event. All those whose innocent lives were senselessly ended too soon will continue to live on in our minds and hearts. They will never be forgotten.

We also keep in our minds the courageous first responders who selflessly rushed to the scene of the tragedy. Their bravery is an inspiration to all of us and perfectly demonstrates what it means to be an American hero.

Our nation was attacked by people who think democracy is an evil thing. The noisy cacophony of a free society, with many opinions and ideas competing in free elections, is anathema to those who want to impose a dictatorial ideology on others.

One thing that we can know for certain is that the United States is stronger than the cold-hearted and despicable terrorists that would see it defeated. Hatred and evil is no match for our great nation. We are, as former President Ronald Reagan so elegantly stated years ago, the “shining city on a hill” for all the world to see.

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