Six years ago today the conscience of our nation was seared. As a nation we watched as the unthinkable happened. Airliners full of our parents, spouses, sons, daughters, and friends were deliberately hijacked and then used as human guided missiles. From the Twin Towers in New York City to the Pentagon in Virginia, to a field in Pennsylvania, we saw the face of evil. But amidst this hour of dire crisis we also saw the stunning courage of our fellow citizens. As civilians sought to get out of the Twin Towers, firefighters, paramedics, and police officers were seeking to get in. As we fled, they moved forward to rescue those in need.On September 11th, 2001, we as nation grew up.

For many of us the stories of heroism of the greatest generation were stories of the past. We had never faced a crisis that so directly summoned us to a higher calling. But on that late summer day as terrorist sought to destroy us, our fellow citizens rose to the challenge.  Today we humbly salute all those brave Americans who lost their lives in the first attack on American soil since the war of 1812.

Ladies and Gentleman, please join me today in offering up prayers of gratefulness to God, thanking Him for guiding us through this crisis, and allowing us to rise to the challenge. It is my humble prayer that on this day we will rededicate ourselves to preserving the torch of Liberty.

To read one Congressional Staffer’s memories of 9/11 click here.