Nineteen years ago, pure evil attacked our homeland. Many of us remember the horror and sadness of that day. The world seemed to stop turning, and our nation changed forever.
Over 3,000 Americans lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and we vowed as a nation never to forget them or their sacrifice. Since that day, thousands more brave patriots have given their lives in service to our country in battles to prevent another such attack.
Today, I will address cadets at the Citadel, South Carolina’s historic military institution. Many of these cadets will go on to become leaders in our armed forces. Some of them were not yet born nineteen years ago when we were attacked, but I want to remind them that the fight to defeat terrorism, and honor those lost on 9/11, wages on.
As an Air Force veteran, I am in awe of the courage displayed by the members of our military and the resilience of the people they serve. 9/11 may be a day of very painful memories, but it is also a testament to the unshakeable spirit of America.
As our country finds itself in the midst of yet another crisis today – a global pandemic – let us remember the scripture that President George W. Bush shared with us from the Oval Office on the evening of September 11, 2001:
“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” (Psalm 23:4)
God bless you all, and may God continue to bless America. #NeverForget.
United States Senator
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