Twenty one years ago, the unimaginable struck us on our home turf, resulting in one of the biggest tragedies in our country's history. The terrorists attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 took the lives of 2,977 innocent people. As September 11th comes every year, the day is filled with somber, anguish and horror from the cowards who committed these atrocities. Beyond the pain though, the date should also serve as a reminder of the bravery shown that day and the resilience we, as Americans, have and show in times of turmoil. We came together as one nation under God and showed purpose and unity in our grief. It is a day, us as Americans should never forget and a day we should be reminded of the importance of our unity.
Since the horrors of 9/11 the White House has deemed September 11th as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day to honor every life that was taken too soon. Amongst those honored are the first responders: firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency workers and service members. All the brave men and women who answered the call of duty and the brave civilians who rushed into action to save lives that day. That display of heroism is one that everyone should look upon for inspiration.
So as Patriot Day approaches again, we as a people and as nation should never forget the bravery, resilience and heroism displayed on that day. 9/11 should be a day we pray for the families who lost loved ones. A day where we keep things in perspective. A day where we demonstrate acts of service to those in need like the brave heroes who risked their lives on that day and afterwards by joining our great military.