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As time goes on, it is important for us to continue to reflect upon and remember the lives lost on this day 17 years ago. As a nation, we now commemorate September 11th as “Patriot Day” and it is meant to commemorate the almost 3,000 fallen heroes and patriots whose lives were maliciously ended on September 11, 2001. This was an attack on our way of life, liberty, and our preservation of freedom.


This day brings back so many memories and images that are burned into our minds forever. Some of them are gut-wrenching, such as the news coverage showing the World Trade Center towers being hit, or the stories coming out of the attack at the Pentagon and Flight 93 crashing in Pennsylvania. Others were inspiring, such as the accounts of first responders and everyday Americans giving their lives to save others, or President Bush’s powerful “bullhorn speech” to first responders among the rubble.


As we see troubling events unfold around the globe, it is important to remember that we live in the best country in the world. It is also important to realize that it is the citizens that make this nation great. Although the attacks on September 11th were intended to divide us, let us make this an opportunity to strengthen our nation.


Giving back to our community is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever known. Although our busy lives can sometimes get the best of us, many folks have been observing Patriot Day as a day of service. There is so much work to be done and so many among us who can use a helping hand. Whether you choose to visit a nursing home, prepare care packages for our troops or simply reach out to a friend or relative who is going through a tough time, a few minutes of your day can make a world of a difference to another.


However you choose to commemorate this day, I hope you will join me in taking a moment to reflect on where you were on this day 17 years ago. It is by passing down the stories of this day that the courage and heroism of everyday Americans will never be forgotten.


As always, feel free to contact my office with questions or concerns about your state government. I can be reached at Rep77@ohiohouse.gov or (614) 466-8100. I look forward to hearing from you.

 
 
 
  
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