Patriot Day: Never forget the lessons learned on 9-11

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

Former President George W. Bush told a frightened nation on the evening of Sept. 11, 2001 to remember itself. In attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people and injured 6,000 more, terrorists who claimed to be fighting a holy war for Islam sought to cripple this nation. They believed fear and hate would prevail. They hoped our differences would divide us so that we could not stand; that we would turn our back on the ideals upon which this country was built.

But we remembered who we are. We stood shoulder to shoulder unwilling to give in. We honored the memory of those who lost their lives, borrowed the courage of those who fought back, by showing to the world just how strong our freedom and our differences could make us.

And we must never forget. We must never forget that day nor the lessons learned.

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“I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy … I will never forget seeing what love can heal.”

— Steve Maraboli, author and speaker

“On that terrible day, a nation became a neighborhood …” Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki

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