‘Unbroken, unbent, undefeated’

‘Unbroken, unbent, undefeated’Resilience. Strength. Resolve. These are the threads that weave the fabric of our nation.

Nineteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked us on our own soil, bent on breaking our national spirit. They failed; we lost friends and loved ones, but we did not lose ourselves.

Each year, our community in the Indian Wells Valley comes together to remember the fallen and celebrate the first responders and military members who answered the call and continue to serve. The Parade of 1000 Flags is truly a sight to see and a joyous celebration of togetherness, patriotism, resilience and strength.

This year, the Parade will be in our hearts, rather than on the streets. The strength of our resolve, the resilience or our spirit, and our sense of community does not depend on waving flags and cheering crowds. It depends on a sense of togetherness that can overcome distance and adversity. It depends on our empathy and our kindness. It depends on us.

This year, as we all take a moment to reflect on 9-11 and how our world has changed since then, I hope you also take time to remember this: although the world changed, it did not end. We pushed through, adapted and rebuilt. We pulled together and supported those in need. We raised our voices from every corner of our diverse nation and collectively declared ourselves unbroken, unbent, undefeated. That is the spirit, the American fire that cannot be extinguished. That is you.

— Rear Adm. Scott Dillon, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander

Story First Published: 2020-09-11