Let Us Never Forget — Remember September 11, 2001

Keith B. DunnaganToday, we take a moment to reflect on the events of September 11, 2001. On this 17th anniversary of an event forever changed our nation — let us not forget those who in sacrifice risked and gave all to save others.

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Let Us Never Forget — Remember September 11, 2001

By Robert J. Enos, Esq. and D. Keith B. Dunnagan, Esq.

Poster that says, "We will never forget September 11th, 2001."We take this moment to pay tribute to those lost on September 11, 2001. Nineteen Al Qaeda operatives executed the attack by hijacking four fully fueled US commercial aircraft bound for west coast destinations. The consequences of their attack are staggering. In total 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The severity and brutality are further illustrated when we compare the total number of those killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor was 2403 comprised of 2,335 military personnel, including 2,008 navy personnel, 109 marines, 218 army, and 68 civilians. It is no understatement that 911 is our modern-day Pearl Harbor.

Of all those lost in the 911 attacks most were killed at the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 intentionally rammed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the subsequent fires, and eventual collapse. Of those who perished during the initial attacks 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority. The victims ranged in age from 2 to 85 years. At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed. Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.

Remember too that many of those killed had families. A minimum of 1,300 children under the age of 18, lost one or both parents as a result of the 911 attacks. This includes 17 children born after their fathers were lost.

Also remember our military. While not all agree on all of the actions taken to eliminate terrorist threats around the world, we can all agree that tremendous sacrifice has been made by OUR armed services and their families. In paying your own tribute give thanks to them for what they have done and for sending the message our country hung in and never gave up the pursuit of those responsible.

If you are old enough to remember 911 it is one of those collective memories rarely experienced by a nation. 911 is like Pearl Harbor or the assassination of President Kennedy – “where were you when you heard about 911?” For me, I remember that Tuesday morning vividly as almost as though it were yesterday as a first year law student in Rhode Island. I remember walking out of civil procedure to a hallway that would normally be busy with law student mulling about to an almost panicked disbelief among my peers. Many of my classmates knew people or had relatives working at the World Trade Center so the angst was palpable as they tried to learn whether their relatives were safe. It is something I will never forget and none of us should ever forget what happened that day.

So, this September 11 when you reflect on your own 911 experience please take a moment to give pause and reflect for those the lives lost and the people forever changed.

The attorneys of BPE Law Group, PC. have been advising our clients on real estate, business and estate planning issues for over 20 years and have assisted numerous clients in business and real estate matters and have represented clients in hundreds of lawsuits and discovery is a critical component to success in litigation. If you have questions concerning legal matters, give us a call at (916) 966-2260 or e-mail Keith at kbdunnagan@bpelaw.com or Robert at rjenos@bpelaw.com. Our flat fee consult for new clients may get you the answers you need for the questions you have.

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