We would like take a moment to recall the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
On this date in 2001 beginning at 8:46 am, a series of terrorist attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center, severely damaged the Pentagon, and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. Commercial airplanes were hijacked and flown directly into the three buildings, with a fourth plane crashing in that field in the midwest.
There is a poem by English-American poet WH Auden, entitled “September 1, 1939,” written on the occasion of the outbreak of World War II. The last stanza reads:
Defenceless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.
Today, as we consider those around the nation who sacrifice and serve so that we can live in freedom, we ask all of you to affirm the flame, consider how we can make the world a better place, and join each other in observing a moment of silence at this time in the honor of those who protect, serve, and sacrifice for us.
Thank you for your attention, for honoring the memories of the fallen, and G-d bless America.