September 9/11. I was driving my Jeep to the courthouse where I was a judge.
On radio station KILT, Willie Nelson was singing ‘‘Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.’’ Suddenly, local radio newscaster Robert B. McEntire interrupted. An airplane had crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.
Minutes later a second airplane crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. After I got to the courthouse we learned the Pentagon was hit. A fourth flight was headed towards D.C. But good folks on the flight took down the airplane.
They gave their lives so that others could live. Our Nation was under attack. The cold blooded, calculated massacre was done by 19 radical Islamic jihadists who murdered in the name of religion.
America stood hand in hand that day. United. First Responders rushed to the scene, pulling people from the rubble. They were peace officers, firefighters, paramedics and everyday folks. Many of them died that day.
Today we remember them all. The ones who were murdered, and the ones who gave their lives rescuing the victims. Mr. Speaker, America survived that day. And America remains fearless on every front.
And that is just the way it is.