Twenty Years Since 9/11

Twenty Years Since 9/11

By: Carl H. Block, Esq.

September 10, 2021

The morning of September 11, 2001, the American people were shocked by the news of a coordinated terrorist attack on American soil that took the lives of almost 3000 people and injured more than 6000, along with destroying the Twin Towers, vast infrastructure in New York City, and parts of the Pentagon. Many thousands more died afterwards due to injuries or exposure to hazards.

Although the events of September 11, 2001, were terrible, they galvanized the nation and its citizens to demonstrate resolve, commitment, and resilience in the face of horrible events. Responding to the scene, hundreds of courageous first responders rushed to the World Trade Center to rescue people. The brave passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 actively fought back against the hijackers, giving their lives to protect unknown thousands on the ground who were the hijackers’ targets. Under attack, the people at the National Military Command Center in the Pentagon calmly performed their duties, coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to land hundreds of civilian aircraft, while simultaneously scrambling fighter-jets to defend against any additional threats from the skies. American people took to the streets, waiving American flags as a sign of our resilience in the face of adversity, and as a show of defiance to those who would attack us. Members of the military quickly and silently deployed overseas to bring justice to those who harbored the attackers and disrupt the plans of future attacks.

Much has changed in the world in the twenty years since that terrible day in 2001. Through hard work resolve and commitment, Americans have cleaned up the physical scars of the attack. The United States and its allies have fought two wars to disrupt terrorist plans and safe havens. To remember, reflect, and learn, the American people have built a museum in New York City, a memorial to the brave passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93, and a memorial to those who perished in the Pentagon. We built One World Trade Center in New York to a height of 1,776 feet, to symbolize the year 1776 when our Declaration of Independence was signed, and to demonstrate our resilience. Each of these actions, and many more both large and small, are symbols of the resolve, commitment, and resilience of the American people. To the many first-responders, members of the military, civilians, and others who have demonstrated resolve, commitment, and resilience in the face of adversity, our Nation is forever grateful.

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