Sen. John Proos: Sept. 11 will forever be a day that unites usPublished 10:06pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012
This Tuesday will mark the 11th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks on America.
While the tragedy of that day will forever be etched in our minds, it will also forever be a day that unites us as Americans.
After we witnessed one of the greatest losses of life in our history, our response ran the gamut of emotions from shock and sadness to anger and resolve. But out of the smoke and ash arose a renewed patriotic spirit.
I believe that it is a testament to the greatness of America that when our liberty is attacked like it was on 9-11, we come together as a people and rise to meet that challenge.
America is the home of the free and a beacon of liberty for the rest of the world. While 9-11 illustrates that freedom isn’t free, it also reminds us that our great country and way of life are worth defending.
Thank you to our courageous military members who continue to preserve the freedom of all Americans.
I encourage all southwest Michigan families to join me as we remember those we lost at Ground Zero, at the Pentagon and in the fields of Pennsylvania. My thoughts and prayers go out to each of the families affected by this tragedy.
Celebrate the bravery of the men and women who became modern-day heroes due to their extraordinary courage that terrible day. Remember the selflessness of the passengers of United 93, who sacrificed themselves to prevent further tragedy. And honor the fearless first responders who ran into the towers to save lives — often at the cost of their own.
As we unite in remembrance of 9-11, I also ask that we look forward with optimism that if we each do our part, our country and world will be a better place.
In honor of the lives lost Sept. 11, 2001, and to our firefighters, police officers and brave soldiers who protect our communities and nation every day, I commend you all for your courage, dedication and service and give you each my deepest heartfelt appreciation. Thank you.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien and Cass counties and most of Van Buren County.
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