Sunday, September 11th, is Patriot Day, so designated by Congress and the President back in December of 2001. Sunday is more commonly known as the day America was brutally attacked, so designated by a despicable gang of Islamic radicals, who seek to cause death, while civilized people strive to preserve life. No nature-imposed tragedy, what occurred on 9/11, with the slaughter of thousands, was a premeditated declaration of war, specifically on America, but on all of Western Civilization as well. An unprovoked war to which we finally responded, with righteous force, surprising the zealots, who wrongly assumed we'd duck reality, again, as we'd foolishly done, by labeling such attacks as simply law enforcement matters. As recounted in the Senate's recent resolution, on that nation-changing day, the New York Fire Department suffered 343-fatalities, the largest loss of life of any emergency response agency in U.S. history. The New York Port- Authority Police lost 37 officers, the largest one-day loss of life by any U.S. police force ever, all amidst the carnage that, within agonizing moments, took nearly 3,000 loved ones from their families and friends, changing those lives forever. By the way, not all of those slaughtered in 9/11's attack were Americans. Sixty-seven, in fact, were British. Last week, a sculpture, created from actual Trade Center wreckage, was unveiled in London, a tribute both to their fallen, and our historic relationship.
This Sunday is a solemn day of remembrance, just as it should be each year. Help remember those killed, as well as the feeling-of-security ripped from our grasp, by proudly displaying an American flag, and join with millions by observing one-full-minute of silence for our nation, at 1 PM on Sunday. The attack of the barbarians has forever changed and galvanized our nation, in somewhat the same way that first unimaginable day of infamy did, seven-decades ago. We must never forget 9/11… the attack, the damage done, the lives lost, nor the sect of darkest-evil responsible. So, on Sunday's national day of remembrance, we must never for a moment, lose sight-if or take for granted, all those courageous men and women, in uniform or without, who, with God's grace, do their utmost to protect our cities, and defend our shores, so that no subsequent attempt can, ever again, inflict such destruction and loss, on this great nation, our America.