It’s been 20 years since our country experienced one of its darkest days. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, took 2,977 innocent lives and forever affected the lives of Americans everywhere. We saw firsthand that a powerful nation could be brought to its knees in a blink of an eye.
But Americans did what we do best — we rallied and, over time, we rebuilt. A shining new World Trade Center now stands in the shadows of where the Twin Towers once rose in New York City, the Pentagon has been repaired, and a marble memorial now sits in the middle of a Pennsylvania field.
For most of us, life slowly returned to normal – or a “new normal” in the aftermath of the deadliest attack on American soil. While the horrific images from that day, that were once etched so deeply in our minds, have faded, we must not let the memory lapse. As our nation marks the 20th anniversary of the 9-11 attacks we must renew our pledge from those first days – Never Forget. We cannot forget the lives lost, both in the attacks and in the search and recovery efforts, the freedoms taken from us, and how we all came together in the aftermath to show our strength as a nation.
Each year on September 11th, the United States observes Patriot Day. It is a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In an effort to rekindle that sense of unity and compassion we had as a nation following the terrorist attacks, many people choose to observe this day by volunteering to help others in the community and by performing acts of kindness.
We will never forget those lost that day.