On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, newly-elected American Legion National Commander Richard Santos was on Capitol Hill, poised to brief Congress on The American Legion’s priorities for the coming legislative year. Then the first plane hit World Trade Center in New York, and the whole world changed.
Richard Santos was the national commander of The American Legion on September 11th, 2001.
Shortly after the attacks, he penned a message that still resonates two decades later.
“America continues to heal and it is our responsibility as veterans to tend to the wounds,” he wrote. “Some will panic about the future; we must reassure them. Some will weep over a lost family member or friend; we must hold their hands. Some will be angry; we must temper their rage.”
In this first episode of a special series of Tango Alpha Lima bonus episodes, our hosts visit with American Legion Past National Commander Richard Santos, who shares his memories of that moment and the months that followed as he represented the nation’s largest veterans service organization during a time of national crisis.