I cannot remember what the weather was like on a single other day 13 years ago. But I remember it on this day. It was warm and the sunny sky was a deep blue. Like all of you, I remember exactly where I was that morning … what I was doing.
Then it happened. And like you, I saw the first glimpses of America under attack. The horrific images are seared in our memories.
We must never forget what happened that warm, sunny September day. Nor can we ever forget the nearly 3,000 innocent people who went about their lives as they did any other day … only to be murdered at the hands of truly evil people. And we must never forget the pain and anguish felt every single day since by those who lost loved ones on that day.
Amid the horror and pain of so many, courageous Americans purposefully entered burning buildings to save others, and over 400 of them gave their own lives. We must never forget them.
And we must not forget that on an airplane aimed at the White House over Pennsylvania, a band of indescribably brave Heroes forced that plane-turned-missile into the ground, killing all aboard, but saving our nation’s Capital of even more death and destruction.
Today we remember. Tomorrow, we must never forget.
Donald C. Williams and his wife Nancy reside in Chesterfield, Virginia, where he runs a small consulting business. President George W. Bush appointed Donald to direct GSA’s National Capital Region just after the September 11th attacks. Having served in the administrations of Governors Gilmore and Allen, Donald is currently the Chairman of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee.