We Will Never Forget...
Ian Robert Henderson, Managing Member/Director of Outreach
Sixteen years ago today, America was changed forever. On an early Sunday morning in New York, two passenger liners hijacked by terrorists from the Islamic terror group known as al-Qaeda struck both towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Another hijacked plane, which was believed to be headed to the Capitol Building or the White House, was commandeered by brave passengers who managed to prevent the terrorists from reaching their destination. In the ensuing struggle over control of the plane, the plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In total, nearly 3,000 people died. The day was a travesty for America, but we united as a people and rebuilt. In the following month, the US and its allies launched a war against al-Qaeda and its allies in Afghanistan which is still raging to this day. Most millennials don’t know or remember much of the pre-9/11 world, but we can all strive for a world where attacks like this will never occur again.
Like the attack on Pearl Harbor, 9/11 was a sobering moment for Americans that drove us to put our differences aside and unite to ensure the safety, security and viability of our nation. The attack was a major blow, but united us as a people and ultimately made us stronger. Today we commemorate the innocent souls that perished in the fires of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the hijacked planes. We commemorate the brave firefighters, police officers and first responders who perished charging into the collapsing buildings in New York City to save just one more life. Sixteen years later we are still strong and will never forget the events that happened that day.