Senator John ThuneWe all remember where we were on that tragic Tuesday in September of 2001. It was a crisp, clear day in New York City and business was carrying on as usual. People just like you and me were working hard on a day they thought would turn out like any other.
This Saturday marks nine years since that fateful fall morning. That day, the world changed and the lives of every single American changed with it.
But, Saturday also marks nine years since our nation came together like it has rarely before in our history. In the days following the attacks, there is no doubt our country stood united.
In the shadow of that tragic day we are reminded of the brave men and women who have fought, and still fight, to keep us safe and protect our country from attacks like the one we endured on 9-11. Soldiers across our South Dakota continue to sacrifice for our liberty and freedom. These hometown heroes willingly give up the comforts of everyday life, so that we can remain free.
I salute all of the brave men and women who have fought to keep America--as President Reagan so frequently described her--the shining city upon a hill.