Published by Cel Manero from Global One Media, Inc.
Actor Chris Pratt delivered a heartfelt speech urging Americans to cherish the sense of unity and patriotism that swept the nation in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In his recent address at Pepperdine University, Pratt recounted the fateful day and the surge of solidarity that ensued. He shared his personal reflections on the moment he realized his country was under attack and implored students to focus on the common bonds that unite Americans, rather than the divisive factors that keep people apart.
In his caption for the video clip, Chris Pratt wrote, “Let’s ensure that the impact of 9/11 endures. Just a week ago, we gathered to commemorate the heroes and the unwavering resilience that emerged from the tragedy. We must keep the flame of patriotism burning brightly, paying tribute to the sacrifices made by those who rose to the challenge in the face of adversity. In a world that can sometimes feel fragmented, it’s vital to remember that we are one nation, bound together under the same flag, indivisible. Let us carry forward this torch, ensuring that the lessons of 9/11 continue to shape our future and serve as inspiration for generations to come.”
“I can recall that moment so vividly. I was standing there all alone, watching the television,” Chris Pratt recounted, emphasizing that he had been in New Zealand while filming at the time. “I watched in sheer horror as the second plane collided with the tower. I witnessed the billowing smoke, the devastation, and the heart-wrenching sight of people leaping from buildings, plummeting to the ground. I couldn’t believe my eyes; it was unlike anything I had ever witnessed.”
He continued, “I stepped outside, and I fell to my knees in the snow, crying uncontrollably. In that very moment, I have to admit, I felt incredibly isolated. I yearned to return home, back to America.”
He also remembered his deep concern for his older brother, “Cully,” who was serving in the Army at that time. He pondered the fate of his brother and all the other Americans in uniform, harboring anxieties about their well-being during those tumultuous moments.
Chris Pratt shared, “My brother, my older brother Cully, was in the army at that time. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, my brother is going to be sent to war.'” He expressed the sensation of the very ground beneath him seeming to shift like tectonic plates. In that instant, he realized that the world he had known was about to undergo profound and lasting change.
Pratt continued by emphasizing the increasing importance of remembrance ceremonies and memorials as time passed. He believed that these commemorations became more significant because they could now serve as educational tools for those who were not present during the events of 9/11, offering insight into what America was like when its people wholeheartedly believed in one another.
He stressed, “Comprehending this history equips us for a future in which policymakers can draw from the lessons of the past, applying them as valuable wisdom moving forward. This is our obligation to those who never made it home that day, whether they were on the planes, in the buildings, or among the courageous responders – firefighters, police officers, and paramedics. It’s what we owe to those who were already in uniform and to those who stepped up to serve this great nation in the aftermath of the attacks.”
In conclusion, he urged, “We must remember, and we must impart the lessons of 9/11 to our children, rekindling the ‘9/11 effect’ and preserving it. It was from the ashes of that day that faith, religion, love for our fellow citizens, and patriotism emerged.”