TOGETHER WE REMEMBER
Our Father, On this day, we remember the innocent who lost their lives— and we pay tribute to those who gave their lives so that others might live. For many of our citizens, the wounds of that morning remain fresh. Firefighters and police officers still choke up at the memory of fallen comrades. Young children and teenagers still long for the parents who will never share the joys of their youth nor guide them to adulthood. Fellow Americans take bittersweet pride in loved ones who refused to be victims — and gave America our first victory in the war on terror.
We also remember the sacrifices made by our nation’s armed forces to keep us safe. Every one of our troops is a volunteer, and since the attacks of September 11th, more than two million Americans have stepped forward to put on our nation’s uniform. Over 50,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and guardsmen have suffered terrible injuries—and over 6,000 have given the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of freedom! America cherishes their memory and we pray for their families.
We will never forget! Lord, Out of this suffering, we resolve to honor every man and woman lost. And we seek their lasting memorial in a safer and more hopeful world. Amen.