LIPINSKI GIVES 9/11 REMEMBRANCE REMARKS AT NORTH RIVERSIDE FIRE DEPARTMENT
September 11, 2009
Eight years ago today, on a morning that dawned like any other, as people were sipping their first cup of coffee, seeing their children off to school, and arriving at work, 3,000 innocent people were killed by terrorists in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania.
Despite the passage of years, the memories of Sept. 11, 2001 remain etched in our minds - the horror, the grief, the uncertainty.
Yet we also remember the resolve, the determination, and the spirit of unity that emerged, binding us together as Americans and keeping us strong.
I think each of us has certain images, thoughts, and feelings from 9-11 that remain to this day. I remember the first responders who rushed without a second thought into burning buildings; the ordinary men and women who struggled to aid the injured and the helpless amid the smoke and flames; the passengers aboard United Flight 93 who gave their lives to protect unknown targets. I've been to that field in Pennsylvania, and I can only imagine what went through the minds of those heroes.
We must remember all of those whose time was suddenly and senselessly cut short that morning. And in doing so we should be reminded of two things. First, that in this dangerous world we must remain ever vigilant against the potential threats that we face. In doing this, we must thank those who stand on the front lines, especially our servicemen and women, and our first responders. But vigilance does not mean that we should live in fear. And that is why we should also be reminded of what we all discovered eight years ago today: that there is more that holds us together as Americans than can ever tear us apart. We stand strong when we stand together.
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