The news stories that followed had the whole country staring in stunned disbelief at the wreckage in the heart of New York City and beyond. To this day, I have a hard time fathoming the pure horror caused by this event. From the aftermath of this tragedy, though, came the stories of the brave men and women who risked their own lives to save others - the heroes who plunged through debris with no thought of personal safety to free the trapped and help the wounded. 9/11 showed us the heart of America - one that does not break under pressure or threat, but instead finds a way to heal and become even stronger.
The courage and tenacity shown by first responders, victims, residents of New York and Washington, D.C. and the heroes aboard Flight 93 inspired the rest of the country and showed us how to get through one of the toughest moments in U.S. history. What can be said to those who experienced 9/11 or who lost a loved one as a result? One comfort we can give is to assure them that we remember. The lives lost on that day should never be forgotten or diminished with time.
On this day, I urge you to take a moment in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, and to pray for all those who lost loved ones. It has been 12 years, but we shall never forget. God Bless America!
Rep. Zent (R-Angola) represents large portions of LaGrange and Steuben counties.