I know that for all of us here today – and in fact, for all Americans – September 11, 2001 forever changed our life. I believe that what shocked us the most that morning was not the unthinkably diabolical method used to attack us. Or the scope and magnitude of the attacks. But that — it was our way of life that was attacked. Our way of life that embraces freedom and democracy. Our way of life that rewards hard work and perseverance, and yet encourages selflessness and generosity.
In the days after September 11,
we were left to console the inconsolable.
In the weeks after September 11, we tried to explain the unexplainable.
In the months after September 11, we tried to make sense out of the senseless.
And even today, thirteen years after September 11, we strive to find hope in the moments of hopelessness that still haunt us. Today we dedicated a memorial meant to show hope to the hopeless and offer a place to reflect on the loss.
The City of Madeira Beach took a 4 year long journey to build this memorial and was headed up by past Madam Mayor Pat Shontz. Her team saw the vision and with the help of the community it has come to its full glory today as we dedicated it.
We had a wide variety of Officials out in support: State Representative Kathleen Peters; County Commissioner Charlie Justice; Senator Jeff Brandes even made an appearance. My favorite was the young gentleman Caleb Francois, he gave an excellent speech on Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. WOW is all I can say, he delivered this message with charisma and intelligence.
I hope that everyone takes the time to reflect on this tragedy today and pray for the families that lost their loved ones. God Bless …
If you would like to come see the memorial it is just West of the Tom Stewart Causeway, in Causeway Park, Madeira Beach. For more photos on the dedication click here
(Excerpts taken from the 9-11 Memorial Speech by County Executive, Steve Levy