Your Commander certainly hopes that you too bowed your head in reflection and respect to the thousands of fellow Americans and foreign nationals who lost their lives just nine short years ago when 19 terrorists gained control of four airplanes that struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and another crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The death toll was 2,996 and more than 80 countries lost citizens.
This is a date and day that will be permanently imbedded into my consciousness just like the bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, both dates ending World War II in Europe and Japan, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the day man landed on the moon. Others have differing dates of remembrance, but 9/11 is a date that changed the lives for hundreds of millions around the world. Most of us will always remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when these events occurred.
Let us collectively never forget the forces of evil that exist on this magnificent planet. We must be unified in our diligence to preserve and protect mankind for a peaceful, beneficial future. This tragic attack changed us all, however, we cannot permit it to fade from our memory over the passage of time or the evil doers will have prevailed.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!