Nine Years After 9/11

By State Rep. Mike Sanders

The image of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center will be forever present in our minds. Even nine years later, I can remember the horror and awe at seeing it. The words, “we are under attack,” came out of my mouth as we watched. I was the Director of White House Interns at the time. We were told to evacuate the building.

Nearly 3,000 lives were lost, lives of good people who were just going about their daily tasks that day. That terrible tragedy put the United States onto a new course and changed the way we talk about foreign policy and border security.

It’s hard to imagine but that day could have been worse, that’s one thing that frightens me the most. Flight 93 was also hijacked and could have taken the lives of its intended target if the brave men and women aboard had not brought it down in western Pennsylvania. Firefighters and policemen in New York City and Washington, D.C., gave their lives rescuing strangers from the ruins of the World Trade Center and Pentagon. I would be remiss to forget these sacrifices.

I think that when people question the wars we have entered into, that they must have let too much of that day slip out of their memories. Our brave men and women are fighting on distant shores because we have learned, in a terrible way, that what happens in other countries affects us. We cannot sit idly by while less stable countries become havens for our enemies and eventually come back to haunt us.

I am very grateful for the freedoms my family and I enjoy in our country. I am also thankful for those men and women who sacrifice everything to provide us those freedoms. They give us peace of mind and in return, we give them our respect and gratitude. Let us never forget and always remember the day we were attacked so boldly and so terribly.

I will be traveling through the district during the interim and will keep you regularly updated on the ideas and problems presented to me by constituents. As always, I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at the Capitol at (405) 557-7407.

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