Some federal holidays lose their meaning, but Patriot Day - Sept. 11th - is different, State Sen. Doug Overbey said.
“It was an attack on American soil where nearly 3,000 innocent victims lost their lives as result of the terrorist’s attacks. Even though it becomes easier to forget as time goes by, I think every time you mention 9-11, we’re reminded about our nation’s spirit and resolve,” Overbey said. “It brings home the concept that many things we take for granted could come under attack again, so it is good to remind us that of what happened that day.”
Overbey recalled that on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, his wife, Kay, called and told him a plane had struck one of the World Trade Center towers. “I thought some single engine plane must have flown into the towers. About 30 minutes later she calls and said it had happened again,” he said. “I turned on the TV and couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”
The state senator said people should appreciate every day that the men and women of the nation’s military have met the challenge posed by terrorists. “They have met the challenge and have continued to fight for our freedom and our way life,” he said.
Overbey was keynote speaker during a Patriot Day event at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Louisville on Sept. 11. “We reflected up on what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and on those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
There was also a retirement of the flag ceremony in which American flags were ceremoniously burned after being retired. “All in all it was a moving morning. I think for everybody who attended,” Overbey said.