Twelve years ago this very day, our nation faced it's darkest hours since December 7, 1941, as Al Quaeda trained militants took to the skies in an attempt to destroy not only buildings, but the safety and security of the United States of America. In some ways, you could argue that they succeeded. We now live in an age of increased surveillance, and in some ways, decreased freedom. Our airports, stadiums, and other public places were forever changed. Yet, we still carry on with our daily lives, as best we can.
“We were reminded of the greatness of America through the brave men and women who saved lives on the ground by fighting the hijackers in the air on Flight 93. We were amazed by the first responders who rushed to the aid of the victims, with no thought to the personal risks that lay ahead. We were filled with pride as millions of Americans raised flags above their homes and storefronts to show solidarity with those who had lost loved ones," Rubio continued.
Unfortunately, the vicious acts of September 11, 2001 acted as a rallying cry for other terrorist acts. Only one year ago today, our embassy in Benghazi, Libya was destroyed, and four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, were slain while trying to help bring peace and stability to a country going through a difficult transition.
Now, our country once again stands on the brink of military engagement, this time with Syria. Although tensions have recently eased with a proposal to try and peacefully deescalate the situation on the ground there, we must always remain vigilant in our relentless pursuit of justice.
"We must always keep in mind the freedom that unites us as Americans, and we must remain vigilant in our daily lives to ensure the uniqueness of our nation remains a reality for many generations to come," Rubio concluded.
In the years since, our country has become more and more divided. Politicians and the nation at large have reflected the red state/blue state mentality, and the age of compromise seems to be over. However, it doesn't have to be that way.
"With heavy hearts we look back, remembering some 3,000 people who lost their lives (on Sept. 11, 2001). But, I hope we can also recall the unity we felt in the days and months immediately after that attack," stated Senator Bill Nelson (D), FL. "To truly honor those we remember today, let’s recommit ourselves to embodying that unified spirit. Let’s honor those who died that day by living our lives not just bravely, but with kindness and compassion to one another each and every day."
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