Whenever I remember the events on 9/11, I cannot separate image from emotion. And I see my emotions reflected on the face of every American whose eyes met with mine during those tragic hours, days, weeks following that unanticipated attack against our country. Looking back on those days, I recall that we were all brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters. Who wouldn’t have given his right arm or just a shoulder to lean on to anyone else who needed it? It was also a moment for the American people to shine in virtue.
Here is a video you may not have seen yet. It shows us as we truly are — ordinary, common, everyday people — true Americans and true heroes. If this were you, I know you would have done the same thing.
Thank you to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their countrymen and brothers in need that day. Let us offer special prayers for the deceased and their families. Let us forgive our enemies. And let us thank God for the gifts we have received as a nation. May we always strive to be more worthy and never forget the many gifts God has given us.