by Tom HARALDSEN
BOUNTIFUL—Though none of the students themselves were alive when the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred, they’ve likely all heard stories from those who have memories of that day.
Utah Rep. Chris Stewart (R-2nd District) shared his recollection of that morning with students at Millcreek Junior High on Tuesday afternoon, on the 17th anniversary of 9/11.
“From that day until now, we have been at war,” he told students gathered in a choir room at the school. “We’ve been at war defending our country, our rights, and our way of life. Everywhere I go, people tell where they were that day, what they were doing, and how they first heard the news. It’s important that we never forget those who gave their lives that day to protect hundreds and thousands of others.”
As part of his visit, he also presented MJH civics teacher Mark Allred with an American flag that had flown over the U.S. Capitol.
Stewart, who was in the U.S. Air Force for 14 years, told students that first responders to the attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon accounted for 10 percent of all the fatalities that day. He remembers thinking that “things will never be quite the same” after those attacks. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, he says that work focuses on doing everything possible to insure the nation will never suffer a similar attack.
Before he was elected to Congress, Stewart was a small business owner in Davis County. He told the students “we need small business owners and military members in Congress. Sixty percent of the jobs in our economy today are in small business.”
Recounting his own experience while in Flight School to become an Air Force pilot, Stewart saw many officers “wash out” before realizing their dreams to graduate.
“I knew the only way for me to reach my goals was to work harder, and I share that advice with all of you. Work hard on reaching your goals and dreams.”
One student asked him what he’s learned as a congressman.
“That you have to be patient,” he said. “Legislating is hard, but most people in Washington are trying to do the right things. I truly believe that. And I think of what Abraham Lincoln said, one of my favorite quotes—that the United States “is the last, best hope on earth.”
Following his visit to Millcreek JH, the congressman also visited the Centerville fire station of South Davis Metro Fire.