It’s been 15 years since the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, changed our world forever.
Nearly 3,000 lives were lost that day in the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in the fourth plane that crashed in a Pennsylvania field.
While we continue to mourn the dead, we honor and recognize the many brave Americans who stepped forward that day and in the years since to rescue the injured, vanquish the perpetrators, and prevent another attack on American soil.
Many of these everyday heroes are your union brothers and sisters. They are the TSA officers who keep terrorists and dangerous weapons off our planes. They are the Border Patrol and ICE agents who prevent the illegal trafficking of people and contraband into our country. They are the FEMA employees who help us prepare for any potential threats and are the first to respond if danger strikes. They are the Defense civilian employees who support our troops at war and the VA employees who support them after their service is done.
Because of these public servants and so many others, we as a nation are safer today than we were 15 years ago. So as we pay tribute to those who lost their lives on 9/11, let us also give thanks to those who have kept us safe since then.
J. David Cox Sr.