Those of us who are old enough to remember it happening no doubt have vivid memories of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four commercial airliners were hijacked by terrorists — two targeted New York City, crashing into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center, one crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, and the final one, Flight 93, was taken down by the passengers, crashing into a field in rural Pennsylvania. More than 3,000 people were killed in the attack and its aftermath.
President George Bush said in his address to the nation:
“A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.”
As tough as the footage is to watch, it’s a powerful reminder of where we were, where we are, and where we need to be as a country. Never forget September 11.
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