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Open Forum: Remembering the heroes

It’s been nearly 10 years since the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 innocent Americans and changed the course of our nation’s history. 

Let us take this opportunity to remember those innocent people who lost their lives, the heroes who rushed into those burning towers, and the loved ones who were left without fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, parents and friends. Let us also remember those Americans who bravely stepped forward after the attacks to defend us from those who would seek to do us harm.

We live in a great nation filled with everyday heroes, and the tragedy of Sept. 11 should serve as a reminder of that. We each have everyday heroes in our own lives and loved ones that we ourselves would rush into a burning building to save. 

We live in difficult economic times, in a polarized and divided country, but we must also take an opportunity to remember that if we can come together again as a nation, like we did in the days, weeks and months following Sept. 11, 2001, then there is nothing that we can’t accomplish, nothing that we can’t overcome.

Let us honor the memory of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 by being an everyday hero to people in our own lives, and by seeking to build a peaceful and just society.

John Ward

State representative

District 12A