Congressman Marsha Blackburn -> The 16th anniversary of the vilest terror attacks on American soil

Congressman Diane Black -- @ Hoax and Change

Congressman Marsha Blackburn -> The 16th anniversary of the vilest terror attacks on American soil

Congressman Diane Black -- @ Hoax and Change

Congressman Diane Black — @ Hoax and Change

September 11, 2017

Dear Friend,

As we mark the 16th anniversary of the vilest terror attacks on American soil, we can’t help but remember where we were, what we were doing, and how we felt when we learned a plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

We were all watching the news, stunned, disbelieving what was happening at the twin towers, when Flight 77 whisked across the skyline of our Nation’s capital and crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon, causing death, destruction and a mass evacuation of government buildings, landmarks, and public spaces. As we watched the events of that dark day unfold, we were awestruck, horrified, and left without words. For Tennesseans Bob Weaver and Mary Morgan Ketchel, however, it was all too real. As America was under attack, they were in the Capitol building amidst palpable fright, chaos, and confusion.

We must never forget that day, those loved ones we lost, their families, and those brave heroes who ran into the fire. In that spirit, I asked Mary Morgan and Bob to share their memories of 9/11 and how the events 16 years ago impact their lives today.

Bob Weaver

“There was pure chaos. No cell service. Traffic jams unlike any I’ve ever witnessed. No one knew if more attacks were coming. And then in almost no time, there was nothing. No movement. The normal hustle and bustle two blocks from the White House had vanished. No sounds, except the occasional armed personnel carrier full of locked-and-loaded soldiers, and fighter jets scrambling and patrolling the skies…”
 Click here to read the rest of Bob’s story
Mary Morgan Ketchel

“I had just returned from my honeymoon, married for all of three weeks when the 9/11 attacks happened. My job was director of constituent services for Senator Bill Frist, and on that morning I was in the Capitol building hosting his weekly “Tennessee Tuesday” breakfast.

The call went out to evacuate members, staff, and guests from the Capitol compound…”

 Click here to read the rest of Mary Morgan’s story

As America’s passion to serve has been reawakened by the hurricane destruction in the South, I am reminded of the thousands of volunteers who rose up in response to the 9/11 attacks. America has always shone through the darkness of evil. In its wake, Americans, time and again, have proven to be the most resilient, caring, and patriotic people.

Which is why I’m heartened that since 2009, Patriot Day has also been observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. The day is meant to inspire Americans to unite and engage in charitable service in memory of the nearly 3,000 people who died, bonded in tragedy.

I am encouraged—and hope to encourage you—to do at least one good deed on the 16th anniversary of those horrific attacks to honor the victims and responders. It will do our hearts and country good.

Yours in Service,

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