It's so hard to believe that 10 years have passed since 9/11. I can't remember what I did yesterday, but September 11, 2001 is still clear in my mind. I was sitting in Ms. Johnson's science class at Surry Central High School that morning, when a nearby teacher ran in to share the news of the attack. Our class lecture stopped immediately and we sat glued to the TV set. It didn't seem possible that such a heinous act could be unfolding right before our eyes.
But, on that day, we came together as one nation. Political parties were pushed aside and we raised our flags, wore our pins and didn't hesitate to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The unity of our country in the midst of crisis was truly amazing. My hope is that we can always live with such patriotism and love for our fellow man.
Today, we will honor and remember the lives lost. We will pray for all of the service men and women who are risking their lives to protect ours. May we forever celebrate the freedom we have and the heroic American spirit.