September 11 Anniversary: Remember, reflect, recommit

The Associated Press

 (The Associated Press)

Friday marks 14 years since 9/11, 2001. 

It’s a time for remembrance

Nearly 3,000 people were murdered. 

Each loss creates an unfillable void. 

It’s a time for reflection

Right after 9/11, we stood together as one. 

That sense of oneness led the American Jewish Commitee (AJC) to help rebuild the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed that day. 

We must never lose that sense of common destiny. 

And it’s a time for recommitment

We dare not falter in the defense of our country and its core values. 

On 9/11, we were attacked by radical Islamist forces not for a specific policy, but for who we are. 

Remember: In 1993, under a different president from a different party, there was another deadly terror attack on the Twin Towers. 

It’s America – and what we stand for – that’s been, and remains, the target. 

This week, as always, let’s remember, reflect, and recommit.

David Harris is executive director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC). This commentary originally ran on the CBS radio network, where Mr. Harris has delivered a weekly message nationally since September 2001.