Streetsboro — Twelve years ago from Wednesday was the worst terrorist attack in America’s history, and Mayor Glenn Broska hosted a short ceremony that morning attended by about 100 to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
Speaking in at the 9/11 memorial at the fire station, which includes a twisted girder from the World Trade Center Towers, Broska said the nation was forever changed by the events of that day.
“I don’t think our country has ever recovered,” he said. “And I don’t think [the terrorists] … could have thought for minute that those horrific attacks that they did that day would do what they’ve done to us. We’ve changed dramatically from the way we used to be and the way we used to do things.”
Broska said travelers are reminded of the terrorists attacks every time they enter an airport, for example. Many public buildings also have stepped up security since 2001.
“One of the bad things about this is, they weren’t attacking us because we were an enemy; they were attacking us because of our way of life,” said Broska.
While he said we still can travel from state to state and city to city without security, Broska said more security measures have become part of daily life.
The events of Sept. 11, 2001 should be “forever etched” on our minds, along with the memory of those who lost their lives as a result of the attacks, he added.
“We cannot let this pass; we cannot forget about these attacks on our freedom and our country,” he said. “We need to renew our patriotism; we need to make sure we continue on as Americans with what our country was founded on —that we are free, that we can do the things we need to do.”
He called on attendees at the ceremony to remember those who “put their lives on the line every day,” the first responders who were the among the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001, and the men and women in the Armed Forces.
“I thank God every day for our American service men and women and police and firefighters,” he said.
Streetsboro Fire Chaplain Steve Chapman said Americans need to remember the freedoms embodied in the flag and fought for over the years by many who gave their lives. “I’ve talked with people who do not even remember the words to the Pledge,” he said. “I want us never to forget what that Pledge means to us.”
According to the American Legion, a version of the Pledge of Allegiance, which was written by Francis Bellamy, first became prominent in 1892 when it was developed as part of schools’ celebration of Columbus Day.
Fifty years later, Congress adopted it as part of the U.S. Flag Code. The text is below:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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