We have seen over the past many weeks the ugly eye of division, hate, intolerance, pride, and violence. We, as U.S. citizens of Utah House District 6, know this division is not what defines us; we know Americans have been coming together for the great cause of freedom since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
We certainly witnessed this unifying gathering of patriotism during the days and weeks following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, and again in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey – Americans, you and I and millions more, working to help, serve and love one another as only Americans can.
During this very day, the people of the Caribbean, the State of Florida and other regions of the United States are either coming out from the wreckage of Hurricane Irma or preparing to face her wrath. There is a swelling sense of patriotism to help, treat and rebuild the broken bodies, homes, and communities resulting from these disasters. Likewise, patriotism does not stop at the borders of our community as helping hands reach out to earthquake ravaged Mexico, and other disaster devastated parts of the world.
President Trump said it beautifully when he recently proclaimed September 11, 2017, as Patriot Day.
“Throughout history, everyday Americans and first responders have done the extraordinary through selfless acts of patriotism, compassion, and uncommon courage. Not just in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, but across our great Nation, Americans on September 11, 2001, bound themselves together for the common good, saying with one voice that we will be neither scared nor defeated. The enemy attempted to tear at the fabric of our society by destroying our buildings and murdering our innocent, but our strength has not and will not waiver. Americans today remain steadfast in our commitment to liberty, to human dignity, and to one another.
“We will always remember the sacrifices made in defense of our people, our country, and our freedom. The spirit of service and self-sacrifice that Americans so nobly demonstrated on September 11, 2001, is evident in the incredible response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The same spirit of American patriotism we movingly witnessed on September 11th has filled our hearts as we again see the unflinching courage, compassion, and generosity of Americans for their neighbors and countrymen.”
This Patriot Day, may we never forget the terrible hatred that befell this great nation on September 11, 2001; may we always remember the patriotism that arose to unify a nation of people. Honor this day with love, tolerance, generosity, patriotism, by neither offending or becoming offended, by helping people, by enjoying your family and friends, and by praying to Almighty God for His goodness and mercy upon all people.
God bless each of you, your families, our country and our community.
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A. Cory Maloy
A. Cory Maloy (R) was elected to the Utah House of Representatives for District 6 on Nov. 8, 2016