This weekend, beginning today, local, state and federal offices will lower their flags to half-staff for the remainder of the weekend as we remember and observe the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States of America. Our country is a different place today because of that tragic day and the events that have followed in the years since then. This weekend, we as citizens of this Great Nation join together with our fellow citizens, of Butts County, of Georgia, of the United States and of nations around the world to pause for a moment and to remember and to honor:

•The men and women who died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, New York City, New York

•The firefighters, police officers, paramedics and other public safety workers who charged into two burning, crumbling skyscrapers to rescue as many as could be saved before perishing themselves in the collapse of the towers

•The civilians and soldiers who died in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia

•The men and women who died in the crashes of the three planes used in the attack

•The men and women passengers on United Flight 93 that, knowing they would not survive, heroically charged the terrorists of a fourth plane and brought the plane down in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, giving their own lives and in doing so, saved untold thousands that could have died

•The rescue workers who came from all over the country and who dug through mountains of debris to save those few who survived

•The men and women of our Armed Forces, who have spent the last ten years pursuing terrorists where they hide to bring them to justice and who have fought against those who would seek to destroy our nation, many of whom gave their lives in pursuit of their calling.

It is fitting that we remember all those who have died and those who live to serve this weekend. Let us all make sure that they are never forgotten.