On the anniversary of September 11, 2001, we pause to
reflect on the events which forever changed our country, the courage of so many
individuals, and the resilience and strength that followed the events of this day.
In New York City, firefighters, law enforcement and other
public safety personnel demonstrated valor that will be remembered through the
ages. We honor them. We also remember those civilians in the Twin Towers who
sacrificed their lives to save others.
We will never forget the sacrifices of those at the Pentagon
and the passengers on Flight 93 that gave their lives to prevent the fourth
plane from striking a target in Washington D.C.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, we are unable to hold our
annual ceremony with the Woodmen of the World today. However, that does not
mean that we have forgotten all of the heroes of 9/11 and the heroes that serve
us today, whether in uniform or not.
Please join me in a brief moment of silence at 8:46 AM, the
moment when the first plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade
Center. We remember all the innocent Americans lost, the brave first responders
who perished, and their many loved ones. While it is difficult and painful to
remember that day, we must never forget it.
John A. Budesky