Kyle’s Korner ….
Most everyone remembers where they were when terrorists crashed two jets into the Twin Towers in New York on September 11, 2001. Yet another jet flew into the Pentagon in our nation’s Capital and another was headed that way, possibly into the Whitehouse, but a few brave men caused it to crash in a field in Pennsylvania just north of the Mountain State.
You may have been in school, at work or shopping. We were all in shock when we heard of these tragic events happening. If we could, we were glued to a television set watching in horror of the replays those planes crashing into the skyscrapers.
It was surreal.
For our generation it was the like bombing of Pearl Harbor that sent us into World War II.
It was a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning and no one expected something so horrible this to happen on our own soil.
Four planes were hijacked which had departed from airports on the U.S. East Coast by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists out to kill Americans and destroy landmarks.
Unfortunately they succeeded and our country has never been the same.
The terrorist attacks claimed the lives of 2,996 people (including the 19 hijackers) and caused billions in property damage.
So many brave firefighters lost their lives at the Twin Towers as they went into those burning buildings. Lives of several police officers were also taken on that September morning. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States. There were 343 New York firemen who were killed and 72 law enforcement officers whose lives were taken.
That was 14 years ago and things have changed. Our security has increased at airports, on the borders and at most government buildings.
We can’t let the years pass by without continuing to remember this event in our history. However, I think many of us do forget, I guess it is human nature.
On every anniversary in New York City the names of the victims who died there are read out at a ceremony at the site of the attacks.
There is also a memorial service at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and one in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
We should all pause and take a moment of silence to remember those who died and not let the memory of this tragedy in our nation’s history fade in to obscurity.
We need to remember this date forever.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)