Today is the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks that saw terrorists commandeer 4 airliners and use them to destroy the twin towers of the World Trade Center and damage the Pentagon, claiming nearly 3,000 lives.
In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as Patriot Day and a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
President Joe Biden, in his proclamation for this year, said the “cowardly terrorist attacks” were “one of the most unconscionable tragedies in our country’s history.
Biden said “we renew our solemn vow to never forget what happened on Sept 11, 2001, or those who lost their lives.”
Nebraska Gov Pete Ricketts, in his Patriot Day message, said “Even 2 decades later, memories come flooding back from the events of that morning (but) as tragic as that day was, the heroes of 9/11 will forever be remembered for their amazing display of bravery”
Ricketts said the bravery included firefighters who ran into the burning towers to first responders working while barely able to breath in the dust and ash to Flight 93 whose passengers sacrificed their lives to prevent the plane from crashing into the U-S Capitol.
Nebraska U-S Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine points out that among the victims of 9/11 were 5 Nebraskans: Julie Geis, Monte Hord, Jennifer Dorsey-Howley, Jerrold Paskins, and Navy Captain Larry Getzfred.
Fischer says “this somber anniversary…is also a reminder that the character of our citizens is what makes this country the greatest in the world.”
She says that “in the face of immense loss and adversity, the American people courageously rallied together to support one another.
We would do well to remember that spirit of community, patriotism, and compassion as our nation continues to confront the many challenges before us now.”