Friday, September 10, 2021
9/11 Anniversary Reminds Us of the Sacrifices We Make for Freedom
Each of us has a searing memory of Sept. 11, 2001, when hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside.
One of mine was the sudden realization that I now understood what my parents’ generation felt when Pearl Harbor was attacked, propelling us into World War II. It weighed on the whole country, bringing Americans together in spirit – just as it did 80 years later as the nation watched in shock the disaster unfolding at the World Trade Center towers. It propelled us into a war on terror.
I am so grateful to our American Legion Family across the Department of New York that is participating in remembrance ceremonies on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The Legion Family continues to support and express gratitude to our post-9/11 veterans and the men and women wearing our country’s uniforms.
To all our veterans and their families — thank you for your sacrifice and service, which safeguards our freedoms.
America is not just the land of the free and the home of the brave; it is the land of the free because of the brave.
For God and Country
Frank LaMarsh, Commander
Department of New York