By: Michael Kirkpatrick
Now on the 13th anniversary we remember all of the Americans that were lost in the tragedy of 9/11. We remember the brave men and women that went into that falling building to help evacuate those people that were struggling to make it out. We remember 3,000+ people who were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
We ask that you take a few minutes of your day to just remember these people and their families.
To refresh our memories (that we might not forget), here are some quick facts (from the History Channel) about that terrible day back in 2001:
On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. They were reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flight lessons at American flight schools.
These are the facts; they can and have been documented. What can’t be as easily documented is the fear, the heartache, the loss, the grief. What can we do, but remember, but rebuild, but pray and hope for a better way in the future?