The context of that moment is a reminder to me that the attack that day was not just an attack upon America – our way of life, our institutions, our values – but also an attack upon the families of the innocent individuals whose lives were taken.
Today, we remember the events of that day. We pray for those families whose lives were broken by the violence. But let us do more than remember the event and pray for those families. Let us renew our commitment to those values that allowed our nation and families to prosper and to the God who has preserved us as a nation. Let us pray also for those members of our Armed Forces who give themselves for our defense every day.
As we think about today and the challenges ahead of us from those who would seek to do us violence, it is fitting that we be reminded of the oft-forgotten last stanza to our National Anthem:
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!