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Remembering September 11, 2001

Today marks 19 years since the catastrophic and world-altering day when terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes, crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania.

It was unbelievable at first, and still is to this day actually. Many thought it was an accident, but when the second tower was hit, it was very clear what was happening: a terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

The Al-Qaeda terrorists split themselves among those four planes to take over and bring destruction and heartache to America. They hated America for its freedom and wanted to destroy it. Osama bin Laden was the head of that group.

The World Trade Center was the international symbol of America’s economic power and was a prime target for a terrorist attack.

The World Trade Center was the international symbol of America’s economic power and was a prime target for a terrorist attack.

Jet fuel from the planes sparked fires in the towers hot enough to compromise the structural integrity of the buildings. Thousands of workers were trapped and first responders rushed to the scene to save lives, but the buildings could not hold and they collapsed in on themselves, killing 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and thousands of trapped workers.

 2 World Trade Center | The Raging Patriot

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the U.S. military and 125 workers were killed along with everyone on board from the plane crash. The fourth airplane left shortly after the first three planes and was most likely headed to the White House or the U.S. Capitol. Heroic passengers courageously fought back the terrorists ultimately ending with the plane crashing into a field in Pennsylvania saving hundreds of more lives, but killing the 40 who were on board that day.

  | The Raging Patriot
  | The Raging Patriot

9/11 was the scariest day in American history, there was so much fear, panic, and uncertainty that hit every American heart across the country. Though most of us don’t personally know someone who died that day, we all feel and mourn the tragic loss of each of the 2750 lives taken from us.

 2 World Trade Center | The Raging Patriot

The events of September 11 have changed the world we live in forever. We will never go back to the way things were, and in some ways, that’s a good thing. We remember that life is fleeting and precious. We know that what we have could be lost at any moment. We realize that life can change in the blink of an eye.

 Firefighter | The Raging Patriot

We must never forget what happened that day, the lives that were lost, and the unanimous emotion felt across the nation. If we do, we will have failed as a country and failed the innocents and heroes who died.

 9/11 Memorial & Museum | The Raging Patriot