This week marked the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. No one will ever forget that September morning 11 years ago when they heard the news: America is under attack. On that day, we suffered a horrific national tragedy, the images of which are forever imprinted into my mind and the minds of the American people.
Rather than destroying our faith in the American ideals of liberty and freedom, September 11, 2001 united us in a way I had never seen before. Out of the devastation of that day rose many heroes. We saw the stark contrast between the terrorists who plotted to kill innocent Americans, and the firefighters, rescue crews and brave citizens who willingly risked or laid down their own lives to save people they had never met.
Through service and selflessness, we can all exemplify the type of patriotism that was so wholeheartedly shown on September 11, 2001. If you're not sure where to start, check with your local church or community center for ideas on how you can give back -- and honor the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were killed that fateful day.