Linder e-Letter: Remembering September 11, 2001
Three years have passed since a beautiful September day was shattered by terrorists who despised the thought of a nation that allows its people the freedom to live and worship as they choose. I agree with President George W. Bush that "the terrorists are offended not merely by our policies - they are offended by our existence as free nations."
I looked back on some of the things we said in the days following the attacks of September 11, 2001. We said that these were acts of war. We said that we would get serious and win this war. And we said to those who commit these kinds of acts that we will find you and destroy you. And we vowed to remember what happened - always.
America quickly got serious about fighting terrorism. While the enemies of freedom brought war to our shores three years ago, the American people and the American military are making progress in meeting this challenge. This war is being fought on multiple fronts: diplomatic, financial, investigative, homeland security, humanitarian, and militarily. We must continue to fight the war on terrorism because the terrorists will continue with their efforts. Their aim is to change the way of life of countries that love freedom, and their goals include the destruction of the civilized world and an end to American efforts to encourage democracy abroad.
And while we continue to make great strides in the war on terror, we must never forget what happened. It's been three years, but the tragedy, the courage, and the determination we saw that day must serve as a reminder of our calling from that day forward. On Saturday morning, please take a moment to remember those who lost their lives that day, and remember those who continue to mourn loved ones who did not return home on September 11, 2001.
May God bless you and may God continue to bless the United States of America,