FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — For many of us, Sept. 11, 2001, is a day that is etched in our minds. We remember the day America was shaken by acts of terror and how our country mourned the nearly 3,000 lives lost that day. And, we also remember the professionals — policemen, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and citizens — who responded bravely, saved lives and brought hope. Today, many of our nation’s sons and daughters whom we lead, train and inspire each day at Fort Leonard Wood, do not have these memories. So, it is important that we remember and share our stories of how we were impacted by those events.
Although many Americans returned to their daily routines in the weeks and months following 9/11, the United States military and our allies continued with action and great fortitude. Thousands of citizens raised their right hands and joined our military knowing they would go into harm’s way. Thousands gave the ultimate sacrifice. Even more have physical and mental wounds. Over the past two decades, our military has successfully accomplished and fulfilled everything the nation asked them to do, with remarkable courage, skill and grit.
The United States Congress has designated 9/11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. To honor all who have felt the effects of that day 20 years ago, let us resolve to continue service in our honorable profession. Let us also take time to pause, reflect and properly remember our fellow citizens, teammates in arms and their families. Share their stories and vow to never forget.