WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is making his first public appearance since suffering a stroke in June.
Ridge released a video this morning, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks on Saturday. Ridge, who served as governor of Pennsylvania from 1995-2001, visited the Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pa. just hours after the attack.
In 2003, Ridge became the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He later served as the honorary co-chair of the fundraising effort that led to the construction of Flight 93 National Memorial.
“At our country’s worst moment, we survived on a diet of kindness, generosity and compassion,” Ridge said in the video. “You may not find those words in any national security plan. But I can assure you – those concepts are just as critical to our national resilience as any component of national defense.”
You can watch Gov. Ridge’s full remarks here: