On this date in 1988 Hurricane Gilbert came ashore on Jamaica with a 19 foot storm surge and over thirty-inches of rain. At least 49 were killed. Damages were in the billions of dollars.
On this date in 2008 a freight train and a commuter train collided head-on in the Chatworth section of Los Angeles. Twenty-five were killed and over 100 injured.
On this date in 2001 President George W. Bush briefly — and in part –addressed the American people:
The deliberate and deadly attacks, which were carried out yesterday against our country, were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.
This will require our country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack. The American people need to know we’re facing a different enemy than we have ever faced.
This enemy hides in shadows and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover, but it won’t be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy that tries to hide, but it won’t be able to hide forever. This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe, but they won’t be safe forever. This enemy attacked not just our people but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world.
The United States of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy. We will rally the world. We will be patient. We’ll be focused, and we will be steadfast in our determination. This battle will take time and resolve, but make no mistake about it, we will win… This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail.
What’s on your mind related to homeland security?