On the morning of September 11, 2001, two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center; one of the crashing into the North Tower and the other into the South. The scene of this awful terrorist attack was shocking, the tremendous loss of life taking a huge toll on the American people. On the 10th anniversary of this horrible tragedy, let us all remember the nearly 3,000 lives that were lost, whether it be the employees of the WTC or the 343 firefighters that sacrificed their lives in an attempt to evacuate the employees.
We also will never forget the acts of heroism that took place on United Flight 93. A day before the 10th annivesary of 9/11, former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush along with Vice President Joe Biden spoke to an audience at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site where Flight 93 crashed in a field; the site which a memorial with the names of the 40 passengers and crew on that airplane was unveiled. These 40 individuals, like any American — like any New Yorker –, were just innocent American citizens who, as Biden said, “never asked to fight a war”. But they did. They never had any chance to think over what was happening or what to do next. Life consists of numerous split-second decisions, and like any American, I think they made a great one. With sacrifice and love, these 40 men and women chose to lead our nation in the first counter-attack against terrorism and avert a national tragedy being even greater than what it is today. The courage they showed, existing from when this nation began, brought so much influence to others that it let us know, as George W. Bush let us know, we can stand up for ourselves and we will. We will not fall to our knees in surrender, because we are the United States of America. May their names be forever etched into American history for years to come.
These victims of 9/11 never asked to die in such a gruesome way, nor did they deserve it. These, when the attacks happened, were ordinary citizens who had only one thing in mind: survival (Some just probably thought they were going to die.). Some made it out alive, others perished. These were ordinary men and women doing extraordinary things; firefighters, co-workers, and police officers alike. Let us all have a moment of silence in honour of the fallen and remembrance of the terrlble events that occurred on that day, as we remember 9/11 as a symbol of courage and unity.
God Bless America.