During a recent speech, actor Chris Pratt called on Americans to come together — asking them to remember the feelings of unity and patriotism that swept across the country in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, Pratt shared a clip of a speech he gave at Pepperdine University — where he reflected on 9/11 and how he felt that day when he realized that his country was under attack, while also encouraging students to put aside division and embrace the things that bring Americans together.
“Don’t let the 9/11 effect fade,” Pratt wrote in the video’s caption. “Just a week ago, we gathered to remember the heroes and the indomitable spirit that emerged from the ashes. Let’s keep that fire of patriotism burning bright, honoring the sacrifices of those who stepped up in the face of adversity. In a world that sometimes feels divided, it’s crucial to remember that we are one nation, united under the same flag, indivisible. Let’s carry the torch forward, ensuring that the lessons of 9/11 continue to shape our future and inspire generations to come.”
In his speech, Pratt noted that he had been in New Zealand filming a movie at the time of the attacks — but he watched them live on television.
“I remember it so vividly. I stood there alone watching the television,” he recalled. “I watched in horror as the second plane hit the tower. I watched the smoke, the devastation. I watched people jumping from buildings, falling from buildings. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’d never seen anything like that in my life.”
“I stepped out and I fell to my knees in the snow and I cried and I cried,” Pratt continued. “And in that moment, I gotta say I felt — I felt really alone. And I wanted to go home. I wanted to come back to America.”
“My brother, my older brother Cully was in the army at the time. I thought, ‘Oh my God, my brother’s going to go to war,’” he added. “I felt the tectonic plates of the earth shifting beneath my feet. I knew in that moment that the world I lived in was going to be totally different moving forward.”
Pratt then expressed his belief that while remembrance ceremonies and memorials were important in the years immediately following the attacks, they may be even more important now — as they teach those who were not even alive at the time what America was like when everyone came together in the aftermath of 9/11.
“Understanding this history means a future in which policymakers have the opportunity to take the lessons of the past and apply them going forward as wisdom. That’s what we owe those on the planes, and in the buildings, who never made it home that day. It’s what we owe the firefighters, the police officers, and paramedics who responded,” he argued. “It’s what we owe those who were already in uniform and those who stepped up in service to this great nation in the aftermath of the attacks.”
“We must remember, we have to teach our children the lessons of 9/11, to rekindle the 9/11 effect and keep it alive,” Pratt concluded. “Faith, religion, love of our fellow citizens, and patriotism grew from the ashes of that day.”
Don't let the 9/11 effect fade. Just a week ago, we gathered to remember the heroes and the indomitable spirit that emerged from the ashes. Let's keep that fire of patriotism burning bright, honoring the sacrifices of those who stepped up in the face of adversity.
In a world… pic.twitter.com/FQkIec9eNy
— Chris Pratt (@prattprattpratt) September 19, 2023
Pratt has long been open about his patriotism and his Christian views in Hollywood, despite facing backlash from the woke left. In 2018, he delivered a powerful speech at the MTV Awards about faith in God and the importance of prayer.
“Learn to Pray”- powerful words from Chris Pratt 🙏🏻
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) April 30, 2023