September 11, 2009
At 8:46 a.m. that day, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower. The tower collapsed later that day.
At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower. This tower also collapsed.
At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon.
At 10:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The intended target of this hijacked flight was either the United States Capitol Building or the White House, but the passengers on board - having heard of the earlier attacks - courageously rushed the terrorists in the cockpit. As a result, the plane crashed before reaching its target, and hundreds of other Americans were probably saved.
In total, almost 3000 Americans died on September 11, 2001, including all of the passengers of those four planes.
The 19 hijackers were Islamic fundamentalists who belonged to the terrorist group al Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden. They believe that all non-Muslims must either convert, or "submit" to Muslim control. They also oppose our democratic values, including virtually all of our constitutionally guaranteed rights.
Since September 11, 2001, our nation has pursued al Qaeda and its allies all over the world. When the Islamic fundamentalist controlled nation of Afghanistan refused to hand over Bin Laden and most of al Qaeda's membership, America deposed this tyrannical regime.
Since September 11, 2001, our nation has pursued a new national defense strategy. When any nation threatens our security, we act - unilaterally if we have to - to protect our citizenry.
Over 5100 American troops have been killed in the ongoing liberations of Afghanistan and Iraq, and thousands more have returned home injured.
Today, I will honor and pray for all of these Americans, and the cause for which they have sacrificed their lives. I will also pray for all the other Americans who have experienced a loss as a result of these events.
Today, I will remember those members of al Qaeda and other Islamic fundamentalist groups who are on the run, but have not yet been brought to justice. America must remain diligent in her pursuit of such terrorists, regardless of who our President is or will be in the future.
And along those lines, today I will pray that President Obama and future Presidents do not relent in this struggle between the forces of liberty and the forces of oppression.
I hope you will join me in all these prayers.