image001Fifteen years have passed since the tragic day terrorists hijacked four airplanes in an attempt to not only demolish buildings, but the American spirit itself.

Many of us still remember September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday. It’s hard to forget the emotions of that day and the grief of learning that nearly 3,000 of our fellow countrymen were taken from us at the hands of evil terrorists.

But we can take comfort by remembering how, in the aftermath of these attacks and in the fifteen years since, Americans overcame tragedy by joining together and lifting each other up.

We remember how so many Americans selflessly responded to those in need that day. Firefighters, policemen, emergency medical personnel, and thousands of patriotic citizens put their lives on the line to offer every bit of assistance they could, whether clearing debris, carrying victims to safety, or simply providing a glimmer of hope and a helping hand.

Out of that tragedy rose countless American heroes, and those heroes have come to define part of the spirit and soul of the United States of America.

So while it’s inevitable that the 15th anniversary of September 11, 2001 will recall somber memories, it’s right to also remember the unity borne that fateful day. As fellow Texan and President George W. Bush put it: “a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend – even a friend whose name it never knew.”

As we continue to fight the evil that still exists in the world, I join with others in honoring the American heroes who rose to the occasion on that day, and the heroes that continue to keep us safe.

May God bless and bring comfort to the survivors of 9/11, the families and friends of the victims, all those who answered the call to help their fellow Americans that day, and our servicemen and women who stepped into harm’s way at home and overseas in the weeks and months and years that followed.

Article by:  Chief Larry Wright