9/11 CEREMONY AT LAGUNA WOODS CITY HALL
Those of us in the military train for scenarios we hope will never come to pass. We plan for events, deploy to dangerous places, and, but rarely put our training to use in harm’s way.
Our brothers and sisters in the hard job of protecting our lives and property here at home train no less diligently and pray for safety no less fervently. Yet their training is tested in our homes, our cities, and our businesses with a regularity unknown to the military.
We are here today to remember one such event.
12 years ago, in a craven act of terrorism, 19 militants associated with Al Qaeda, hijacked four airliners, brutally murdered their crew and used those airliners to commit the most heinous act of war in our nation’s history.
It is vital that we remember this event in terms of the lives that were lost that day – the innocents, the professionals who gave all to protect them, and the military who have lost their lives taking the war from our shores to those who would do us more harm.
Joseph Stalin said, “One death is a tragedy, a million deaths a statistic.”
Do we think now of September 11th as an event, or as the tragedy of the 2,977 victims who lost their lives that day?
There were 246 aboard the hijacked aircraft – all precious to someone.
2,606 lost their lives in the towers and on the ground in New York City.
Of those, there were 343 Fire Fighters, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, 15 Emergency Medical Technicians, three court officers, and “Sirius” a bomb sniffing dog who is the lone victim identified by name in the general records. 125 were killed in the attck on the Pentagon.
All victims, including Sirius, no doubt, were a tragic loss to those they left behind, their husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters.
Since 2001, 6,717 members of the military have lost their lives taking the war to the enemy.
Patriot Day (Known as the National Day of Service and Remembrance since 2012) was proclaimed by President Bush following a unanimous vote by the members of congress. We are to fly our flags at half staff and observe a minute of silence at 8:46 EST, the exact minute the first plane struck the first tower.
Let us observe that silence now.