Proos: 9/11 brought us together, reminded us that we are all Americans


LANSING – State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement regarding the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks:

“As we observe the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, Americans should recall that when confronted with unimaginable tragedy, we as Americans rose to meet that challenge.  The events of September 11, 2011 made us forget our differences and reminded us that we are all Americans first.

“Just as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor united the Greatest Generation, we came together as neighbors in support of one another. In that spirit of unity, let us remember those who died, and let us commend those who risked everything to save others on that tragic day as well as those who protect us against harm each and every day.

“This year, as a symbol of solidarity and tribute, let us fly our American flags up main streets and down back roads across Southwest Michigan. Let us talk to our neighbors with the same spirit of unity that September 12 brought to our nation.

“I salute the courage, dedication and service of our firefighters, police officers and brave soldiers who protect our Southwest Michigan communities; I remember those who were lost on September 11, 2011, and it is in their honor that we must never lose the American spirit or our dedication to preserving and protecting our way of life.”