September 10, 2013
"While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer."
Those words, the introductory verse to "God Bless America," are as appropriate today as when they were written by Irving Berlin in 1918. While we continue to struggle as a nation with threats to our democratic ideals, we remember those who paid the ultimate price at home on that fateful September morning and abroad in the years following the attacks on America.
Because we will never forget, the flags in front of Tillman Hall will be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday, September 11, 2013. At 8:46 a.m., the Tillman chimes will play "God Bless America" in tribute to the lives lost and to those who continue to defend our freedom today. I encourage all of us, wherever we are, to pause and reflect, while also rededicating ourselves to service to our communities, our nation, and the world.
This is the land that we love, friends; I hope you will join me in honoring America.