September 11, 2020

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, the deadliest attacks ever on US soil. Despite coronavirus precautions, there will still be memorial ceremonies today in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. President Trump will speak and lay a wreath at the memorial to the heroes of Flight 93. Fox News has created a continually-updated live blog page where streaming video will appear, as well as updated news and links to other memorial events.

As I wrote last year, today is a date that will live in infamy, but also in the annals of heroism.

On the morning of September 11th, 2001, our nation awoke to the shocking news that we were under savage attack by Islamic jihadists who, before the day was over, would kill nearly 3,000 people in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington. The attack was aimed at America, but because it focused on the World Trade Center, the victims were from many nations. But as much as that day displayed the cowardice and animalistic behavior of the terrorists, it also showcased the heroism and selflessness of so many Americans, from the NYPD cops and firefighters rushing toward danger to save others to citizens in cities across America standing in line for blocks to donate blood. Petty differences like race or politics were swept aside as we all came together like family, because our nation was under attack.

Those of us who lived through it can scarcely believe it was 19 years ago, as the painful memories are forever seared into our memories. But we now have colleges turning out students who have no personal memories of 9/11. Thanks to the passage of time and a media and schools that quickly buried the images lest they be too “disturbing” (or too inconvenient to PC narratives), young people have little understanding of what was felt by all Americans in the wake of that horrendous attack. This explains why we now have a crop of young people under the BLM/Antifa banners, attacking police and chanting “Death to America,” just like the people who hijacked those planes, oblivious to the evil they’re aligning themselves with.

Here are some of those 9/11 images that need to be seen and thought about a lot more often.

Young Americans’ naiveté makes them easy prey for those who seek to rewrite history so they can divide and conquer. They lull our youth into blaming the USA for every sin, letting their guards down, and being misled into handing over their hard-fought, God-given rights to those who couldn’t defeat us by force so are now working to defeat us from within.

If you have kids, I suggest a visit to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York, which finally reopens to the public tomorrow. Those of you who are concerned about the safety of traveling to New York and would prefer to wait until Bill DeBlasio is removed from office can take a virtual visit here.

Make sure your children are taught the truth about 9/11. It was one of America’s worst days, yet in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and on United Flight 93, we also saw Americans at their very best, coming together and heroically laying down their lives for others, whether they were police and firefighters climbing up into the doomed Towers to search for survivors or simply American citizens standing up against the hijackers and saying, “Let’s roll!,” knowing it meant their own plane would crash but they would save countless lives.

As we reflect on and remember 9/11, let’s not dwell on the murderous monsters who don’t deserve to have their names remembered. Let’s focus on honoring the victims and the many true heroes, both on that awful day and in the days and even years afterward. Let us resolve to end the miseducation of our children and start teaching them the truth about 9/11 and about America’s real history and our people’s true heroic character. And let’s never let our guard down again.

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  • Renee Kendrick

    09/14/2020 02:03 AM

    9.11.2001 was a dreadful day. I remember it well. Yet it did not impact me as greatly as 4.19.1995, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing by one of our own citizens! I live closer to OKC than NYC. That is the main reason my feelings are deeper about the 1995 bombing. Plus it was conducted by an American citizen rather than foreign terrorists. It just made me so angry! Other emotions also welled up inside of me because of such a senseless act by an American-hating citizen. What is happening in our nation today is more along the lines of the OKC incident. American citizens destroying cities due to hatred. Shouldn't everyone arrested in the 2020 violent incidents be given the death penalty like Timothy McVeigh?

  • Christine Hankins

    09/12/2020 02:32 PM

    I have a solution for the Post Office budget woes, but my congressional representatives will never put it before Congress: If every piece of political campaign mail was sent First Class, the budget problem would evaporate immediately! Would you dare to introduce this idea?

  • Carol Mathews

    09/12/2020 09:02 AM

    Is it going to take another 911 to bring this country together? When patriotism shines the hate and rioting can't.

  • Debra L Reynolds

    09/11/2020 08:53 PM

    Thank you, once again, for an excellent and eloquent piece. Thank you for your call to educate our young people on this, and so many other important things.

  • Kathleen M Milligan

    09/11/2020 08:27 PM

    Excellent tribute to 9/11

  • Ruth Close

    09/11/2020 07:03 PM

    I tried the link to see the pictures but it’s not working. Either from your web page or your web site. I don’t really need to see them. They are burned on my memory. I was at physical therapy when we heard people crying and gasping across the hall in a doctors office with a tv. We all watched in stunned silence. I remember searching the Bible for verses to share with my Sunday school students. I had all grades that Sunday. Confused and frightened children. Like the assignation of Kennedy all we could do was cry and pray. To bad people don’t remember or choose not to.

  • Jim Hupe

    09/11/2020 06:12 PM

    Tissue time my son called me around 8:30 that morning and told me to watch the news, I watched the 2nd plane hit the Trade Tower, very proud of the passengers on Flight 93 and of President Bush for pulling all together, to bad the democrats are hell bent to divide us! Trump has tone re-elected! Thanks for all you do!

  • Mickey Russell

    09/11/2020 06:08 PM

    Hey my friend. I think the only way all of this, trying to destroy trump and by any and all means to destroy our culture, is that it is deeper than our gov dems. They obviously are not that smart. I think it has been planned and in motion for years. Trump caused every thing to have to be sped up. None of this is coincidental including the virus. I can see a coup coming with tremendous blood shed no matter the out come of the electioun.. this is much deeper than our so called leaders. It is about one world gov. It seems they are already doing away with the currency. Not afraid to fight back visiously if need be.

  • Paul Kern

    09/11/2020 05:48 PM

    I had just started work at 7 am that day. Another worker came in to tell me the terrible news
    My nephew, a cop and a National Guardsmen, knows nothing about it.
    He was taught by Marxists in Gresham, Oregon near Portland
    He also was taught we lost in the Vietnam War
    He, like many others need a Come to Jesus talk. About 9/11 and all the other wars we have fought.
    He is the type that will likely vote blue.
    It is time to reinstate the draft.
    Put all those spoiled narcissist rioting boys and girls to earning a living and learning why the USA is the most unique and greatest nation, with all its strengths and weaknesses


    09/11/2020 04:40 PM

    well said Mike!!

  • Michael Brown

    09/11/2020 04:30 PM

    Thank you, Governor, for your stirring words of reminder of that terrible day. As the administrator of a Christian school, we strive to teach the students all about the tragedy, the heroes, and the pride and patriotism of America. Your eloquent words help encourage us as we endeavor to train students what it is to be a Christian, an American, and a college-bound student with character and principle. Thank you so much!!!!

  • Scott Buchanan

    09/11/2020 04:08 PM

    My most treasured memory was our current President stepping in to volunteer manpower and anything else to help, paid from his own pocket, as a citizen that loved his Country and people of it. My most horrid memory was to see this Country fall from within, with all the investigations covered up and called conspiracy, hidden from the public eye of a shocked and mourning Nation, from propaganda. And then, a continuation of the next elected President bringing Muslims into this Country as our soldiers were dying in war against them. Spending billions of tax dollars to build Mosque for them and couldn't provide jobs for the American worker, or equip our soldiers for a strong defence. It was Obama that suggested building a Mosque, where the twin towers stood, only to receive back last from the Patriots of this Country. Our youth has been turning against the very Country that afforded them freedom and opportunity, that their grandparents and some parents held such great pride in. I thank our Heavenly Father, "God" and that citizen that stepped forward to help, now our great President, Donald J Trump.