Monday, September 11, 2023

Remembering September 11: Memories Remain Strong

Many Americans can recall where they were on September 11, 2001.

Some were getting ready for work and heard the news that the first tower of the World Trade Center in New York had been hit by a plane.

We watched in horror as the second tower was hit, then the Pentagon, and lastly Flight 93, which was targeted for the White House or the Capitol in Washington, the District of Columbia. 

The passengers on that flight were alerted to the attacks and made a heroic attempt to take control of the aircraft, forcing the hijackers to crash the plane in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Upon learning that these were terrorist attacks, Americans rallied and united. 

In the following days, we learned that many heroes gave their lives to save others, not only first responders, but also regular Americans.

Recruiting offices were inundated with young men and women who wanted to join the military to serve their country. 

Security at airports changed drastically as extensive security measures were put into place that still exist today.

As we mark the 22nd anniversary of September 11, 2001, a fateful day, let us pause to honor those who perished and pray for those who were left behind.

Let us take a moment to reflect, also, on the heroism demonstrated in the face of that horrific tragedy.

We must strengthen our commitment to our nation with a renewed sense of unity and patriotism.