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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Remembering 9-11

At times, it seems like yesterday I received a call from my husband explaining a plane hit the World Trade Center.  As we spoke, I turned on the TV and watched as the second plane hit.  Soon our children called.  The routine of that day and subsequent days was abruptly changed.  As events unfolded, we entered an altered security environment. 

During the summer of 2006, my husband and I visited Ground Zero.  It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to everyone.  We had the privilege of Retired New York City Fire Department Lieutenant Paul McFadden as a tour guide.  Lieutenant McFadden described 9-11 was a beautiful, clear day and he was on the golf course.  He got news that a plane hit the Trade Center, and he joked with his golf partners about a person that could not see the tower and ran into it, explaining it happens occasionally at New York City that someone gets a pilot’s license and flies around Manhattan flying into things. 

 

As he learned the seriousness, he went home to his wife standing at the door with his gear and went to the site to get directions from Ray Downey, an author, lecturer, world expert in special operations, experienced at the Oklahoma City 1995 bombing, and often consulted to strategize.  Lieutenant McFadden was confident Ray would have the command post set up and Lieutenant McFadden would lead a company of firefighters.  Upon arrival at the site, Ray Downey’s son informed Lieutenant McFadden that Ray was under the collapse. 

 

During the tour, we learned many families of the deceased did not get remains of loved ones, and they view the site as a grave.  Lieutenant McFadden pointed to a building body parts were found five years later, two weeks prior to our June 20, 2006, tour.

 

Lieutenant McFadden explained life the day of and after 9-11 as experienced by volunteers, family members of the deceased, and residents of Manhattan.  As I reflect on touring the World Trade Center site and the events of 9-11, it brings a combination of immense sadness at the loss of life, anger at the violence, and pride in the United States of America.  We are a country of mostly law abiding, caring people.  Viewing the destruction of our property and the vile destruction of human life at New York City escapes comprehension and is counter to the common bond of pride among most Americans.

 

The acts perpetrated against America were evil and sadistic. We must never forget the innocent men and women horrifically dying while doing their daily routine.  We must never forget the actions of heroes on that fateful day, emergency personnel at Ground Zero, and the brave passengers aboard Flight 93.

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