Do you remember where you were September 11, 2001?
Sixteen years ago today, four terrorist attacks coordinated by Islam killed 2,996 people: people with lives, jobs, children, dreams, and plans. Over 6,000 more people were injured, and countless others emotionally scarred by the events of the day. In fact, it was difficult for anyone to come away unscathed after witnessing news reports of what had happened.
Children lost parents. Husbands lost wives, and wives lost their husbands. Heroes showed up that day, and in the weeks and months following; heroes in uniforms and everyday heroes trying to save lives by risking their own. Some paid the ultimate price for their efforts. They will be forever remembered and revered. Over 400 law enforcement officers and firefighters were lost in this monumental tragedy.
Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City that morning. Less than two hours later, both towers had collapsed leaving rubble, fire, and smoke throughout the streets of the city. A third and fourth plane crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a field in Pennsylvania. Everyday heroes thwarted an attack on the White House and forced a landing into that field.
In 2005, National Geographic aired a three-part documentary about the events of the day and those that followed. Part one demonstrates the events leading up to 9/11. Part two is about the events of the day themselves and particularly, the aftermath. Part three highlighted the death of Osama bin Laden.
The three-part documentary, Inside 9/11, was nominated for an Emmy, and was the highest-rated program ever to air on the National Geographic channel. The show re-aired in September of 2007.
When one says “nine-eleven,” it evokes memories for everyone who was old enough to understand the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001. What happened, the lives that were lost, and the incredible way the United States joined together must never be forgotten. In the months following those horrific attacks, race, religion, and political leaning meant next to nothing. We joined proverbial hands across this great nation to stand proud and strong as Americans in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Let us never forget.