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Sept. 11: On this day …

Nineteen years ago today our nation –our way of life — experienced the horrific attacks by radical Islamic terrorists.

Today, let’s pray for peace.

Let’s pray for that which calms us.

And let’s pray that we continue to have learned a lesson in how better to protect ourselves against terrorism.

Ah … peace.

Have we had any true peace since Sept. 11, 2001?

Perhaps some, but how often have we again had to put up our guard?

The world has changed greatly since that fateful day when the Islamic group, al-Qaeda, hijacked commercial airliners and flew them into the two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and into a field in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.

As Americans, we have risen to the challenge.

We have faced the enemy on the battlefields.

We must never stop fighting for freedom at home and across the globe to defeat the threats from radical, evil forces abroad.

We have rebuilt and erected memorials on sites of massive deaths.

And we have remembered. Every year since.

Sept. 11 is known as Patriot Day — as it should.

Thousands of lives were lost that morning.

So today, let’s fly the American flag from front porches everywhere.

Let’s participate in a national moment of silence to honor the victims.

Let’s remember what happened, as well, and vow to fight for freedom and put our positive energies into the world.

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