Could it be 9/11/2001 was 12 years ago? I just got off the phone with an old friend; we were in Atlanta for a technology trade show and spent every moment together learning what we could about the events of the attack on America that forever changed the way we think of terrorism.
President Obama led the nation in a moment of silence to honor the victims of 9/11 and their families.
From the story in The Hill:
Obama said the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks was a chance to pause, pray and “give humble thanks as families and as a nation.”
“We pray for the memory of all those taken from us — nearly 3,000 innocent souls,” Obama said. Members of Congress will mark the anniversary with a ceremony on the Capitol steps, where lawmakers gathered after the attack in 2001 as a symbol of unity.
At the Capitol, dozens of lawmakers gathered to pay tribute to the fallen on Wednesday.
“I will never forget 12 years ago,” Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said, after singling out the “police officers, firefighters and all the first responders” who gave their lives or contributed on that day, some of whom, he pointed out, have fallen ill from the fumes they inhaled during rescue efforts.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) read a passage from the book of Isaiah in the Bible, and said that while the word “weary” has been bandied about to describe how citizens feel about the U.S. engagement in foreign wars, it was not a word that accurately depicts the bravery of those who “ran up the stairwell or stormed the cockpit” on Sept. 11.
“Yes, we’ve been through the crucible and we live in a dangerous world,” Boehner said. “But we can take heart that ours is the greatest cause and the work before us is not above our capacity or strength. After all, we’re Americans.”
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