We will never forget 9/11

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On Sunday, Sept. 11, we will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11.

In observance of this seminal moment in American history, millions of people in all 50 states, and many others throughout the world, will engage in solemn remembrance and reflection on an attack on American soil that claimed thousands of lives and changed the fabric of the nation.  
The events of that tragic day seem just like yesterday to many, and are crystallized in our minds.
On Sept. 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three planes into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Penn.
The loss of life and damage the hijackings caused form the biggest act of terrorism ever in the United States. Nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks.
As the unimaginable images played over and over on every news channel, and the severity of the attacks became clear, a sickening feeling emerged that our entire world had changed in mere minutes.
For days, weeks, months and even years later, we all felt the affects of that catastrophic day. The sadness, at times, was overwhelming; the anger was immense, but the amount of patriotism that followed the terrorist attacks was unbreakable.
We’ve learned a lot since that day about terrorism, about security and about war. But we’ve also learned that we’re stronger than we ever knew. We’ve re-examined the world around us — and our place in it — and we continue to live our lives.
We’ve graduated, we’ve landed jobs, we’ve gotten married, we’ve danced and laughed and loved and done things that seemed as if they might be taken away forever on that tragic Tuesday morning. But we will never forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
While most of us have gone on with our lives, we will never forget those who lost their lives that day, and those who have died since defending our country from those who want to cause us harm.
We will all remember the feelings of shock, of sadness, of fear, watching the Twin Towers crumble, not knowing how many died, how many survived.
We will remember where we were when we heard the news, what we were doing, how we were feeling. We will remember the valiant efforts of those first responders who ran into the burning buildings while thousands rushed to get out.
We will remember.