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A mourner places flowers at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York on September 11, 2020, as the US commemorates the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images)

On that tragic Tuesday morning of Sept. 11, 2001, I was called on to address the emergency after the Second Tower in New York was hit by a terrorist plane. On the way to the radio station, I set my goal for the day, and it was to bring coherence to the chaotic situation of the day.

I went on the air from about 10 a.m. and stayed through 4:30-5:00 p.m. on radio station AM 1150, and later AM 950 radio simulcasted. I was on the radio for straight seven hours carrying on a live conversation from Dallas area mayors, religious, civil, business, cultural, and other public leaders.

A sense of coherence, confidence, and hope was developed, and the following three new initiations took place on the day and were accomplished:

1. Interfaith prayers

2. Blood Donations

3. Fund Raising

Since 2005 we have been organizing a “Unity Day USA” event every year, and this year, I was supposed to do a full program on Fox News with my friend Jack Pagano from the town of Marquette in Michigan. My recent surgery, however, spoiled my plans.

As a Muslim, I am deeply committed to America. Together as Americans and American Muslims, we uphold, protect, defend, and celebrate the values enshrined in our Constitution, a guarantor and a sustainer of our political and social structures that each one of us wants.

Mike Ghouse

Via E-mail

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