9/11 meant to break our spirit, but had opposite effect

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteen years ago today, the worst terrorist attacks on American soil were designed to cripple us and break our spirit. But they had the opposite effect.

Americans responded quickly, generously and compassionately: sending prayers, money and support to assist the victims. Our firefighters and police rose to the challenge of protecvting the home front.

Millions of men and women enlisted in the military. In this time of tragedy, our citizens put aside their differences to come together and show the world the power of patriotism. Your religion, the color of your skin, whether you were rich or poor, none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered was that we were Americans and we would stick together.

Today, the war on terrorism continues. We are fighting an enemy who hates us and wants to destroy our way of life. They have made it clear they won't quit until they reach this goal. This means we can't quit or become complacent. We must remember every year what happened on September 11, and honor each life that was sacrificed so that present and future Americans will never forget. By commemorating the anniversay, you are keeping alive the memory of those who were killed, honoring the memory of those who worked so hard to keep us safe and helping to recapture the spirit of service and community that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11.

Today, the war on terrorism continues. We are fighting an enemy who hates us and wants to destroy our way of life. They have made it clear they won't quit until they reach this goal. This means we can't quit or become complacent. We must remember every year what happened on September 11, and honor each life that was sacrificed so that present and future Americans will never forget. By commemorating the anniversay, you are keeping alive the memory of those who were killed, honoring the memory of those who worked so hard to keep us safe and helping to recapture the spirit of service and community that emerged in the aftermath of 9/11.

I encourage you to take the time to reflect on the many good things that we enjoy as Americans. 9/11 taught us that life can change in the blink of an eye. So be grateful for each day. Cherish your family and friends. Appeciate the many wonderful freedoms we enjoy because we live in this great country. Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.

Volusia County Chair Jason Davis of Pierson wrote this exclusively for publication in Headline Surfer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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County Chair Jason Davis writes his occasional column exclusively for Headline Surfer, the Award-Winning 24/7 Internet News Outlet Serving Greater Daytona Beach via HeadlineSurfer.com.