As life flows forward and we move farther away from that brutal morning of September 11, 2001, we need to take a few moments, or more, to step out of today’s hustle and bustle, lay politics down, and think about today’s anniversary. We would do well to remember there are merciless, remorseless haters in this world who want to kill and do kill Americans and others. We must especially remember on this day, eleven years ago, when caught unawares, those haters brought terror to New York City, Washington D.C., and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Within two horrifying hours, 2,977 people would be murdered.
Former MA Governor and GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney today issued the following statement:
“Eleven years ago, evil descended upon our country, taking thousands of lives in an unspeakable attack against innocents. America will never forget those who perished. America will never stop caring for the loved ones they left behind. And America shall remain ever vigilant against those who would do us harm. Today we again extend our most profound gratitude to our brave troops who have gone into battle, some never to return, so that we may live in peace. On this most somber day, those who would attack us should know that we are united, one nation under God, in our determination to stop them and to stand tall for peace and freedom at home and across the world.”
Statement from GOP Vice Presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan::
“Eleven years ago today, from Capitol Hill, I could see the smoke rising from the fires burning in the Pentagon. Like all Americans, I will never forget the moment that our homeland came under attack. For me, this is a day to remember those who perished on that day of terror, including the first responders. It is also a day to pay tribute to all those who have worked quietly and tirelessly both on the home front and abroad to prevent a repetition of such terrible events. And it is a day to give honor to those in our military who have sacrificed so much, including their lives, for the same end. Their courage and heroism and willingness to answer the call of duty have kept America safe and strong and free. We are truly the home of the brave.”
Last year, at the tenth anniversary, the National Sept.11 Memorial at Ground Zero opened for visitors. With it’s two impressive, cavernous reflecting pools and renewing waterfalls built in the footprints where the Twin Towers once jutted into New York City clouds, and names of 9/11 and 1993 World Trade Center bombing victims inscribed in bronze surrounding the memorial pools, it’s a sanctuary for remembrance, reflection, and honor. To experience memorial nighttime beauty (inscribed names are backlit), I located a video of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, visiting the site under the stars in September of last year:
Besides witholding television ads today, Romney has scaled back his activities:
Romney plans to address the National Guard Association Convention in Reno, Nevada, and campaign staffers in at least six states will collect donations and organize a letter-writing campaign for U.S. troops serving overseas.
Romney’s wife, Ann, is expected to participate in events marking the anniversary in Florida. Romney’s campaign will halt operations in Virginia, home to the Pentagon where 184 people were killed in the al Qaeda attacks.
“Team Virginia will not engage in political activity on September 11th,” Sara Craig, campaign manager in the battleground state, told supporters on Monday.
Today, there will be appropriate ceremonies, moments of silence, and many will offer prayers. We join with our fellow Americans in remembering the 9/11 victims and those who dearly love them, the first responders, firemen, police officers, and Port Authority officers. We remember our fallen and wounded military, including our allies, and those who continue to courageously wage war against terrorism.
What September 11, 2001 memories are most prominent in your mind?
UPDATE- Mitt Romney Delivers Remarks To The National Guard Assoc Conference; watch here. (Click below the fold to read transcript.)