9-11 in our hearts and soul
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The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11[nb 1]) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.
No American can forget that moment. Written in our hearts; we recall exactly where we stood when the television, radio, and live footage began rolling in on all forms of media. We stood horrified as a nation as terrorist brought our nation to its knees. Not since the attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii have we experienced such an unexpected and devastating attack on our nation. The tears of those who stood by helpless wondering if their loved ones would escape remain etched in our souls captured in pictures that relay unspeakable grief. We as a nation were left speechless watching the towers collapse confirming that there was little to no hope of anyone escaping this devastation.
We remember the phone calls to either share last goodbyes or cling to some hope of rescue.
Victim Kevin Cosgrove final moments 911 call
Randy Scotts last words, a plea for help for those trapped in the tower
Betty Ong flight attendant's
There were many others who's voices cried out for help or made their final calls while clinging to the realization that they were not going to survive this attack.
There were also the women, like Vycki Higley-Pratt of Danbury, who was in her final trimester of pregnancy who lost her husband. Children born who would never have the opportunity to experience their fathers. Children were left behind who were not aware that morning that this would be the last time their mother would hug and kiss them goodbye.
Then there were the everyday heroes, law enforcement, and firefighters who lost their lives attempting to help others. On September 11th: 343 firefighters and 72 Police officers gave their lives attempting to rescue others.
So on this day please don't let the day go by without holding a vigil in your home with a moment of silence. Pray for the souls of those gone and for the loved ones they left behind. Gain a new appreciation for the service men and women who put their lives on the line to prevent 9-11 and Pearl Harbor tragedies from occurring in the future. Freedom isn't free and we must continue to operate in the spirit of cooperation and support of our service men and women.
On that September 11 we were a nation hurt and devastated by the actions of those who took the lives of our loved ones on United States soil. Our efforts as a nation was to help one another regardless of race, color, creed, gender, region, or heritage.
We were one. We are one-Americans. Americans that will never forget the loved ones we lost and are dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and moving forward carrying love for everyone to see this nation survive and thrive.
While remembering the memory of those lives that were lost we must remember that we are one and must remember everyday to carry that desire to help one another in this nation. Our greatest tribute to those who lost their lives is to appreciate our family everyday because tomorrow is not promised. Support and respect our service men and women who fight to keep our nation free. We must never loose the desire to lend a helping hand to others, not only in horrific situation but in everything we do on a daily basis. We must never cease to work together for the best America possible.