Never Forget Transcript:
Today is September 11. It’s hard to believe that fifteen years ago the unimaginable – the unthinkable – the most tragic happened.
We were attacked from within our own walls, our own fortress, our own freedoms in which we value every day were under attack and the victims unsuspecting Americans.
The hijackers of flights 11, 175, 77, and 93 flying through the air – people just trying to get to their jobs, to their families, to their husbands and wives, their children, not knowing that despair and destruction lie ahead.
Not knowing that just one year before their lives are cut short America granted visas to 15 Men from Saudi Arabia, 2 from the United Arab States, and two others from Egypt and Lebanon with a very deep hatred towards America, our freedom, our Christian nation, and our way of life.
On that day, fifteen years ago 2,996 people were killed and over 6,000 injured, and people to this DAY still unable to recover, financially, physically, and emotionally.
I wanted to prepare something beautiful, something to honor those who have fallen, and words to keep the spirit alive among Americans to stand up for freedom, and liberty once again – but I don’t think I could ever have come up with something better than Abraham Lincoln has already said in the mid-19th century that it so true and relevant today that it makes my body ache and my voice tremble.
“What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence?
It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, the guns of our war steamers, or the strength of our gallant and disciplined army. These are not our reliance against a resumption of tyranny in our fair land. All of them may be turned against our liberties, without making us stronger or weaker for the struggle.
Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in our bosoms.
Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, every where. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. It is your business to rise up and preserve the Union and liberty, for yourselves, and not for me. I desire they shall be constitutionally preserved.
The struggle of today, is not altogether for today — it is for a vast future also. With a reliance on Providence, all the more firm and earnest, let us proceed in the great task which events have devolved upon us.” – Abraham Lincoln