A day we stand proud to be Americans
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Nine-Eleven. Prayer and Remembrance Day for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001. Patriot Day. National Day of Service and Remembrance. Regardless of the moniker attached to the date, Sept. 11, 2001 is a day the United States of America will never forget. On that date, 2,977 men, women and children died when terrorists attacked our nation on land and in the air. First responders - firefighters, police officers, paramedics and others - sacrificed their lives trying to rescue those who were in the World Trade Center towers that collapsed. We woke up feeling safe that morning. We went to bed that night frightened and angry, but on the morning of Sept. 12, 2001, we awoke more united as a nation than any other time in decades. We were determined as a nation to be survivors, not victims, and we would show the world the real meaning of national pride, strength, bravery and unity. Wednesday, Sept. 11, officially is called Patriot Day. It also is called a National Day of Service and Remembrance. It is a day that the American flag flies at half mast in memory of all those who lost their lives on that fateful day 12 years ago. It is a day that Americans will pause for a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) (7:46 a.m. Central Daylight Time), the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In Houston County, it is a day when we remember those who lost their lives on 9- 11-01, and the thousands of troops who lost lives and limbs overseas in the fight against terrorism. It is a day when we thank our local veterans who served on our behalf. In Houston County, it is a day when we say "Thank You" to our local first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day. We thank our firefighters, our police officers, our DPS troopers, our Houston County Sheriff's Office, our constables, our paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and our emergency dispatchers for their dedication, service and bravery. It is a day when we stand together and we stand proud to be Americans.