We Will Never Forget

In just a few days, we will remember the terrible day that almost 3,000 Americans were killed by terrorists. For me and so many others, September 11th, 2001 will forever be a defining moment. We will never forget this great loss, and we will stand tall and strong to protect our people, our freedom, and our nation. The events on 9/11 spurred people all across the country to take action, to help their neighbors, to rebuild communities, and to give back in some way. I knew that I had to do something more with my life. I had to take action, so I enlisted in the Hawai'i Army National Guard. It has been truly an honor serving here on the homefront, as well as on two Middle East deployments with so many heroes from Hawai'i and around the country; people who sacrificed so much in the service of our country, and in memory of those we lost on 9/11. These heroes would laugh at such a title, but will proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder together as patriots. If there is one predominant feeling that people had after 9/11, it was unity. Whatever disagreements or divisiveness that existed previously, suddenly seemed unimportant. It reminded us that it is our values that define us as Americans. We are united by our shared belief in liberty, freedom, tolerance, fairness, and a better future for our keiki. As we observe the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and we face a different set of challenges here at home, we should be reminded again of this need for us to unite as Americans, and to put our country first. Only by setting aside our differences and focusing on what we all share and value most, can we further strengthen our families, neighborhoods, communities, jobs, and economy. This is the best possible response to those terrorists who continue to threaten our nation today. We will never forget. Aloha, Tulsi