This year marks 20 years since the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001. It also marks 20 years of American resiliency and bravery. 20 years since first responders and bystanders ran towards the scene to save others instead of running away to save themselves. 20 years since countless Americans joined our armed forces, many sacrificing their lives in the fight against terrorism. 20 years of our country never forgetting but rising from the ashes.
There will never be enough words to comfort those who lost their sons, daughters, moms, dads, uncles, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers, cousins, neighbors, and friends in this senseless act. We lost seven Oklahomans amongst the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken that day. We’ve also lost almost 7,000 members of our U.S. military defending our homeland against terror in the years since. But while we mourn their loss, we will always be grateful for the sacrifice they made for freedom.
To honor those who lost their lives, we must remember how we felt on the days after. We were all one— we were all Americans. We did not live in fear like the terrorists intended. Instead, we came back stronger. We checked in with our neighbors. In what may have been our nation’s darkest hour, Americans stood united on a day that would mark the beginning of a long battle against evil.
Our nation is a beacon of hope, and our flag represents freedom across the world. Under extreme pressure is when we show what we are truly made of and on 9/11, Americans proved liberty and justice will always prevail.
Today and every day, we must never forget.
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