There is a day we will always remember, forever, and that day is September 11, 2001. This day is burned into the minds and hearts of America. It will forever be a day of infamy. A day never to be forgotten. Better known as 9/11, the worst terrorist attack in American history, brought out the best in the American people. It is important to remember 9/11 today as a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11. (PERSONAL EX) *Ironically enough, I was born on September 10, 1993 so this event has a personal impact to my life. I had just turned seven years old and I can remember being so excited that morning because I was going on vacation with my family so, actually I wasn’t in school. I was in my moms bedroom when the news came on, and all I remember is her reaction to the tv. Even as a child I knew something was wrong. Later I found out my dad was supposed to be flying trough New York City at the same time as well, just the thought of the slightest possibilty of loosing my Dad, makes me remember this day forever. Early on the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Islamic extremist hijackers took over four planes and proceeded to use them to attack the United States. Two planes hit and destroyed the World Trade Centers in New York City. One crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and one was over taken by passengers and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. None of the plane passengers survived.
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At first, this tragedy was thought to only be a freak accident, but quickly realized America was under attack. When you ask someone where they were on September 11, 2001, they will know, it cannot be forgotten. Thirteen years since the day of the attack, 9/11 still stops us cold. The event changed everything: how we travel, how wars are fought—but most importantly, how we live. According to Fox News in less than two hours… 2,998 innocent people died, including 343 brave firefighters trying to save lives. 24 others went missing, presumed dead. President Bush stated in his speech “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.” After the terror attacks, people turned to each other for comfort. They turned to the President to make sweeping changes to the nation’s foreign policy. They turned to religion to make sense of it all. Hints of a feeling of togetherness began on September 11 itself. In Washington Square Park, a few began holding hands, with passersby quietly joining.
People from varied backgrounds soon added to the number, and the circle quickly grew. It was consoling to know we were not alone. A similar feeling of solidarity swept the country, starting with candlelight memorial services in states across the union. It was seen in a sea of waving American flags, then in pins, T-shirts, and bumper stickers. September 11, 2001 marks a day in history of strength, not weakness. In the wake of a collective tragedy, Americans did unite. The events of 9/11 caused America to promise, “We will never forget.” This meant to never forget the 3,000 victims of mass murder. To never forget the heroic actions of emergency personnel and average citizens. To never forget how that day felt, to ensure a similar event would never happen again. In times of challenge, we Americans move forward together, as one people. It will be a national day of service and remembrance to refirm the strength of our nation.