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On 15th anniversary of 9/11

By Greg Abbott Governor of Texas

On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, we paused to remember a tragedy that instilled sorrow in our souls but ultimately strengthened our resolve as Americans to preserve and defend the cherished freedoms found only within our shores.
It was a September morning like any other 15 years ago when our nation was tested by evil.
We remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost in the devastating attacks that day – in the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, in the halls of the Pentagon outside our nation’s capital and aboard Flight 93 in a quiet farm field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
As indelibly etched in our memories are the images of those brave first responders who ran toward danger with eyes wide open to rescue their fellow Americans from the raging fires and crumbling debris. We were moved as a nation as weary firefighters stood solemn guard as so many flag-draped coffins passed by. Their sacrifice washed over us, and in each other we found strength.
We united as a nation and did what we could to lessen the pain of others. We hugged our families, our friends and even strangers. We donated blood. And we vowed to never again take the blessings of our liberty for granted.
For many Americans, life returned to its regular rhythm in the intervening years.
But for the 9/11 families, for our first responders and for our men and women in uniform – many of whom enlisted after Sept. 11, 2001 and gave their lives in the global war on terror – life would never be the same.
As we united in reflection and remembrance last Sunday, I also ask for you to remember the 9/11 families and all of the injured and fallen first responders and members of our military in your prayers in the following months.
May God bless each and every one, and may He forever bless these United States of America.