Sep 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

This morning marks the 10 year anniversary of the terrorists' attack that shook our nation. It marked a day of unprecedented suffering in the history of the United States. I joined fellow Texans this morning at Texas State Cemetery Twin Towers Monument. Gov. Rick Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott, members of law enforcement and other state officials today commemorated the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a ceremony. It was an emotional ceremony that continued to have a strong moving effect on the attendees.

The Twin Towers Monument was commissioned in 2002 on the first anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and it was unveiled on September 11, 2003. The memorial is dedicated to all Texans who died during the 9/11 attacks, and the military service members who lost their lives in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Texas First Responders Day was created through House Bill 1937 in 2003. The bill also established the STAR of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. This year, 41 first responders will be recognized with the STAR of Texas award.

At 2 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 12), state officials will honor and recognize law enforcement officers injured or killed in the line of duty while protecting and serving the citizens of this state.

The ceremony will take place in the Senate Chambers of the State Capitol,1000 Congress Avenue, in Austin. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will be presenting the “Star of Texas” Awards.

I will be present to participate in the ceremony.

Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza in the attacks at the World Trade Center, pauses at his son's name at the 9/11 Memorial. (Photo by Justin Lane / Pool via AP)

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