Deltona resident Santiago Avila Jr. at National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City this morning on the 18th anniversary of 9/11

Photo for Headline Surfer / Santiago Avila, Jr of Deltona is shown with a picture he took from the scne of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City on this 18th anniversary of 9/11.

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NEW YORK CITY -- Deltona resident Santiasgo Avila, Jr. is in New York City this morning for the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Here is what Santiago posted on his Facebook page this morning:

As we wake up we remember one of the saddest days in our nations modern day history. We remember how We the People looked at the face of terror and instead of breaking down with fear, we stood up united, indivisible, and showed the world why we are America! The attack that Tuesday morning failed because our enemy expected our resolve to crumble with those buildings. They didn’t understand that America is constructed with something far more substantial than steel and brick. The corner stone of America is freedom! It unites us and makes us exceptional. It inspires us to be heroic. It makes everyday people do extraordinary acts of heroism! Like the Firefighters, EMTs, Police Officers, and the everyday civilians that ran into the burning buildings to save their countrymen. 

Let this day help us remember all the reasons why we should be united as Americans. Regardless of party affiliations, religion, sexual preference, or anything else. May we honor all those that lost their lives with unity and love towards each other. We are an exceptional Country because of our People. We are an exceptional Country because our rights have been endowed to us by our Creator. Not so that we know what our rights are. But so government knows where their authority is allowed! That is why we have remained the freest nation in the world.

So, let’s continue to fight so America can continue to be that shining light on a hill. A light of hope for others to find in the midst of darkness. May we always cherish our freedom. May we always honor our heroes and may God always bless these United States of America.

-Santiago Avila, Jr.

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