The tragedy of September 11, 2001 will forever be etched in our minds.
However, it will also forever be a day that unites us as Americans.
It is a testament to the greatness of the American people that when our liberty is attacked, we come together to meet that challenge.
This year, Rep. Dave Pagel and I welcomed Chikaming Township Fire Department Chief Mike Davidson and Berrien Springs Fire Department Chief Bruce Stover to the Capitol to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the brave men and women who became modern-day heroes due to their extraordinary courage. We will always remember the selflessness of the United 93 passengers, who sacrificed themselves to prevent further tragedy, and the fearless first responders who ran into the twin towers to save lives – often at the cost of their own.
I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to our firefighters, police officers and brave soldiers who continue to protect our communities and our nation every day.
Out of tragedy we are reminded of blessings that God has bestowed on America and that our constitutional freedoms are worth defending.
To help pay tribute to the anniversary of 9-11 and the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, I supported a Senate resolution that designated September 11-17 as “Michigan Patriot Week.” It is about celebrating America’s founding principles and the patriots who acted and often died to establish and defend the greatest country on Earth.
May God continue to bless America, our troops and our first responders.