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Posted Monday, September 12, 2011, at 1:33 PM

"Where were you when the world stopped turning, that September day?" This week, we will commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the day terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon killing over 3,000 of our fellow Americans.

The terrorist attack, the first attack of this kind on American soil, changed us as a people. The images of that day are etched onto America's soul never to be forgotten. Our innocence toward terrorism and being hit here at home has now been lost and altered forever.

The breaking news of that plane hitting the first tower left us confused. The media didn't know if we were witnessing an accident or attack. The second plane that hit 18 minutes later didn't leave any doubt that we were being attacked.

Approximately a half hour later, it was reported that the Pentagon was hit, and, shortly thereafter, an emergency operator received a call informing authorities that United Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco was hijacked. Two minutes after the call was made, the heroic passengers, realizing what was at stake, tried to overtake the hijackers causing the plane to crash in Pennsylvania saving lives of other innocent citizens along with another structured face of America.

In between the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of United Flight 93, the South Tower at the World Trade Center collapsed killing many of the victims trapped in the building and the brave first responders trying to save them. Forty minutes later, the North Tower collapsed with the same result.

After that fateful day, we came together as Americans to confront the enemy. President Bush embodied our unity and resolve when he addressed rescue workers from atop the rubble at "Ground Zero" on Sept. 14, 2001. "I can hear you! The rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.

A decade has passed since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th. And as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice this Patriots' Day, let's also recall how we came together after those tragic events. Our problems today are very different, but we need a similar response. We need to put aside partisan bickering to solve the problems facing Missouri and our nation. It's time to reunite as Americans.

As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Missouri House. Our Malden district office will be closed for the next two weeks due to the special session called by the governor.

If you would like to discuss any issue, please call our Jefferson City office at 573-751-3629. You can also email me at Kent.Hampton@house.mo.gov. I look forward to hearing from you.

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