Patriot Day. Its a day created and named so that we would never forget. There are many heroes from September 11, 2001 who need to be remembered and there is no way I can name them all here. But I can name one. Moira Smith.
Long before planes crashed into the Trade Center Towers, Officer Smith was decorated hero. In August of 1991 a subway crashed in Union Square. She saved dozens of lives that day. She was awarded the Distinguished Duty Medal for her actions. On September 11, 2001 she saved dozens, maybe hundreds more. And it cost her her own life.
Barbuti said they have at least two pictures from newspaper photographers showing Smith rescuing people trapped inside Tower Two. Like 13 of the 23 city police officers killed at the World Trade Center, Smith’s body hasn’t been found.
After that article, her remains were found. She was officially laid to rest on what would have been her 39th birthday. She left behind a husband and daughter. She left behind people who owned her their lives. She left behind a city and a nation that should never forget her.
I promise I won’t. Please join me in that.