Opinion: This week and every week we remember all the victims of September 11, 2001

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

This past Tuesday marked the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001.

These barbaric acts of violence struck the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They serve as a constant reminder that we can never be complacent in protecting our country.

I was in Washington D. C. on that fateful day. I remember like yesterday seeing smoke billow out of the Pentagon.

We face the realities of a post - 9/11 world every day. Our country’s children, including my own will probably never know what it’s like to get on an airplane without TSA screening or visit a museum without being vetted by security.

I want to thank the men and women who keep our country safe and remind us every day that freedom is not free.

I also want to take a second and ask you, at home, to take a breath, put politics aside and remember the lives of those that we lost on 9/11 and its aftermath. Also, please remember this one inarguable fact:

Regardless of our race, religion or creed, we are all Americans. We live in the greatest country in the world.

Here’s the Bottom Line: this week and every week we remember all who perished on 9/11. We continue to pray for all those families affected by these horrific crimes against humanity.

And we remain eternally grateful to all the brave first responders who risked, and lost, their lives to save as many as possible.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations

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