Ed Humphrey for Trustee

 

Ed Humphrey was the featured speaker at the Milford High School Memorial for September 11, 2006 at 7:15 AM at the flag pole in front of the Milford High School.  Following were his remarks: 

 

Good morning.

 

Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard of the tragedy of 5 years ago?  We all do.

 

Sept. 11, 2001 is forever etched in our conscience; the grief we all felt for those who lost their lives, the sadness for the family members who lost a father, mother, son, daughter or sibling; as well as the following actions that took place involving the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.

 

But while many people on this day will merely reflect on the terrorist act that sent two planes into a building in New York, one plane into the Pentagon, and another into a field in Pennsylvania; I ask that you focus your remembrance of this solemn occasion on what followed shortly after, in the hours and days and weeks as our country came to grips with the national tragedy.

 

President George Bush spoke just after the terrorist attacks and said "adversity introduces us to ourselves. And he was right. Our fellow Americans were generous and kind, resourceful and brave. We saw our national character in rescuers working past exhaustion, in long lines of blood donors, in thousands of citizens who asked to work and serve in any way possible.

 

Our nation truly came together in the aftermath of Sept. 11 like no other time in our history. We helped each other, we comforted each other, we hugged each other, and we cried with each other.

 

We saw compassionate acts inside the World Trade Center. One man who could have saved himself stayed until the end at the side of his quadriplegic friend. A beloved priest died giving the last rites to a firefighter. Two office workers, finding a disabled stranger, carried her down 68 floors to safety.

 

In honor of those who died that day 5 years ago, we should pledge to continue to serve our fellow man, to extend that offer of help, to simply be kind to one another every moment of every day. We are Americans, and that is what Americans do.

 

As the Sept. 11 tragedy united us in sorrow; we should also allow it to unite us in compassion and love for our fellow man. That would be a fitting way to honor all of those who died.  

 

God Bless You and God Bless America.

 

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