Friday, September 10, 2010

Never Forget

   On the morning of September 11, 2001, the United States experienced it’s worst terrorist attack in history. Four planes took off with 265 people who would never see their families again. American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93. At 0845 hours Flight 11 crashed into the North Trade Tower. Eighteen minutes later, Flight 175 crashed into the South Trade Tower. At 0940 hours flight 77 crashed into the west side of the pentagon, and at 1007 hours Flight 93 crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers fought back against the terrorists. The South Tower collapsed at 0959 hours, the North Tower at 1028 hours, and Tower 7 collapsed at 1720 hours. A section of the Pentagon collapsed at 1010 hours. 
   President Bush and the US armed forces acted swiftly, but nothing will take back the actions of the radical Islamic faction. 2976 innocent civilians lost their lives including 343 FDNY firefighters and paramedics, 23 NYPD officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers.
   Tomorrow marks the 9th anniversary of that faithful day. Think back to the weeks and months after the attacks. Think how united we were as a country as we mourned together. In front of every house waved the US flag. In my lifetime, I cannot think of any other time where people were more proud to be an American. How proud we were to prove that nothing could beat us down. We rose up and proved that no one anywhere can take our liberty. It brought out the best of us at the worst time in our lives.
   Tomorrow, take a moment to reflect on the men and women who died. Think about the civilians who were working to provide for their families. Think about the bravest of the brave that died in an effort to save others. And think about those serving our country to keep us safe and prevent anything like this from happening again.

Never forget. Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it. For more details and statistics, please visit the links below.

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