Editor's Note: The following column was written by state Rep. Micah Gravley, R-Douglasville, Monday on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Never Forget.

Like most, I will never forget where I was, what I was doing, who I was with and how I felt that tragic morning of September 11, 2001.Today, 16 years later, when we reflect on the gruesome images of that day, I still get a familiar knot in my stomach and the same ache in my heart.

Sadly, tragedy has a unique way of bringing us together. To this day, I cannot remember a nation more united, than we were after the heartbreak of 9/11. Today I say a prayer in remembrance of the souls we lost; a prayer for their families whose lives were forever changed; a prayer for our brave first responders who ran towards those towers, so others could run safely away; a prayer for our servicemen and women who have bravely fought terrorism at home and abroad everyday since; and finally, I say a prayer that our nation never forgets.

My sincere hope is that one day, we come together everyday. Not because of tragedy, but in spite of it. A day where we can all stand united out of pure and simple love of country. May God bless each and every one of you. And may we never forget.

Rep. Micah Gravley represents the citizens of District 67, which includes portions of Douglas and Paulding counties. He was elected into the House of Representatives in 2012, and currently serves as Vice Chairman on the Code Revision Committee and Secretary on the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and the Economic Development & Tourism, Juvenile Justice, and Public Safety & Homeland Security committees.

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