On a Tuesday morning 20 years ago, the world changed forever.
No matter where you were on September 11, 2001, you can recall how you felt. Two planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, a third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a fourth plane, known as Flight 93, crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Soon after both the twin towers were struck, they collapsed, injuring and killing thousands.
Passengers on Flight 93 heroically rebelled and took on the terrorists, effectively stopping the plane from hitting an unknown target – no doubt saving many lives.
On that day, 2,977 innocent men and women were killed, including 344 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers and 55 military personnel. Countless heroes put their lives on the line as firefighters, police officers and emergency responders rushed to the scene and risked their lives for others. Even ordinary citizens put on a remarkable display of extraordinary bravery.
We lost more than 400 of these first responders, and many others still face lingering health impacts from toxins in the air and on materials from the planes and building debris.
This horrific day that caused the deaths of thousands of innocent men and women only served to strengthen our resolve of who we are as people. We also saw an outpouring of support as volunteers from across the state and country came to lend a hand to their fellow Americans in their greatest time of need.
The American Spirit was truly more alive than ever that day, proving the terrorists did not and could not win.
On this 20th anniversary of 9/11, let us remember those we lost and also rededicate ourselves to caring for our fellow Americans, giving back to our communities and serving our country. Let’s also make sure that future generations know about the horrors of that day, and remind them how we stood united as Americans
When we are united as a nation, nothing can tear us down.
Let us never forget.
God bless you and God bless the United States of America.