Remembering 9/11 17 Years Later
Written by Tamara M. on 11 September 2018
It was 17 years ago today that the 9/11 terror attacks shook America and the world to its core. That day took the lives of 2,996 Americans who were simply living their lives, never realizing they were in danger. The four attacks forever changed the course of safety, preparedness, vigilance, personal rights and privacy more than most Americans could’ve ever dreamed of was possible. While there was much debate and ongoing controversy and conspiracy theories that persist to this day about the real culprits, reasons behind the attack, the response and ensuing war on terror, one thing that came to the surface was the American spirit of helping one another and putting aside differences to come together as a nation to heal and move forward.
As one of those watershed moments, everyone who was around on September 11, 2001 knows what they were doing and where they were at the moments when news spread that the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City had been hit and came tumbling down, then the Pentagon was breached, and finally the thwarted attack where the passengers over took the hijackers in a field in Pennsylvania. The country seemed to come to a standstill where there was an eerie silence that was deafening for the days and weeks to follow.
In the aftermath, not only do we remember those innocent lives who were sacrificed for reasons many of us still don’t quite understand and maybe never will, but their families who are left with tremendous losses, along with the after-effects of cancer, respiratory illnesses and more that claimed thousands of lives in the years after. What we must keep in mind, regardless of your connection to 9/11 – Never Forget.