Remembering Patriot's Day: Honoring the Spirit of Resilience

Uniformed Services University President Dr. Jonathan Woodson delivers remarks acknowledging September 11th, Patriot's Day

A folded flag on a coffin with a rose in front of it
Patriot's Day commemorates the tragic events of September 11, 2001 (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie

September 11, 2023 by USU President Dr. Jonathan Woodson

USU President Dr. Jonathan Woodson (Photo credit: Tom Balfour, USU)
USU President Dr. Jonathan Woodson
(Photo credit: Tom Balfour, USU)
Today is Patriot's Day, a solemn occasion that holds deep significance in our nation's history. Please take a moment to remember and reflect upon  the events of September 11, 2001. On this day, we commemorate the lives lost, the heroes who emerged, the contributions of our uniformed health care professionals, and the unwavering spirit of resilience that defines our great nation.

The tragic events of 9/11 not only shook the foundations of our country but also reinforced the vital role that each one of us plays in upholding the values of freedom, unity, and service. The challenges we face today may differ from those of the past, but the lessons from 9/11 remain as relevant as ever.  As we continue our pursuit of knowledge, healing, and service, we should draw inspiration from the extraordinary courage demonstrated by first responders, healthcare providers, and all who united to assist those in need. In honoring their memory, we reaffirm our commitment to excellence, compassion, and the betterment of humanity.

On this Patriot's Day, let us come together as a community to remember, reflect, and reinvigorate our dedication to our mission. Through our collective actions, we honor the legacy of those we lost and uphold the principles that make us stronger as a nation. 

Thank you for your continued dedication. Together, we stand as a beacon of hope and unity, exemplifying the true spirit of resilience.