I was sitting in my office when the phone rang and I first heard the news on the morning of September 11, 2001. Where were you?
Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer to Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11. ~ Time and Date
On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded commercial airlines bound for west coast destinations. This terrorist attack on the United States is orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. A total of 2,977 people are killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. ~ CNN
Almighty God, the events of September 11th
will be indelibly inscribed in our memories.
We looked with horror on the terrorist attack.
But we looked with honor on acts of courage by ordinary people
who sacrificed themselves to prevent further death and destruction.
We shed our tears in a common bond of grief for those we loved and lost.
We journeyed through a dark valley,
but your light has led us to a place of hope.
You have turned our grief into determination.
We are resolved to do what is good, and right, and just.
Help us to remember what it means to be Americans
—a people endowed with abundant blessings.
Help us to cherish the freedoms we enjoy
and inspire us to stand with courage,
united as one nation in the midst of any adversity.
Lord, hear this prayer for our nation. Amen.
(Source – U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps)
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”
~ Author Unknown
“God understands our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them.”
~ Author Unknown
Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.
~ Abraham Lincoln
Patriotism… is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and
and steady dedication of a lifetime. ~ Adlai Stevenson
I pray that God, the source of hope,
will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him.
Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.
He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.
When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 1:2-3