September 11, 2001 was a day of tragedy that will remain in the hearts and minds of Americans for generations to come. It was on this fateful day that 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four airliners and carried out the most devastating attacks in United States history.
At 8:45 a.m. and 9:03 a.m. on this clear Tuesday morning, two commercial airliners crashed into the WTC twin towers in NYC. It was clear; America was under attack.
As Americans were helplessly glued to their radios and TVs watching the devastation unfold in real time, American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the western perimeter of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.
Just before 10 a.m., without any warning, the south tower of the WTC collapsed into a blinding cloud of dust and debris. Only minutes later at 10:30 a.m. the remaining tower collapsed. Close to 3,000 people died in the WTC and its vicinity, including many of the rescue workers.
Meanwhile, the passengers aboard United Flight 93 were beginning to receive word via cell phone of the horrific events unfolding at the WTC and Pentagon. Now apparent that the plane would not be returning to the airport, the passengers and flight crew began to plan their surge to take back control of the aircraft. At 10:10 a.m., after a valiant and heroic effort, Flight 93 crashed into a rural field in western Pennsylvania.
September 11th is a day that represents the worst and the best of American history. While many Americans felt pain and defeat in the aftermath of these events, we will never know what it was like for the families, friends, co-workers and loved ones of the victims of this tragic day. Someone once said that America is unique not because of our stature of greatness in times of peace but because of our stubborn resilience in the face of epic tragedy and injustice. This phrase rings especially true in America’s response to 9/11. Despite all the pain, anguish and defeat felt on that day in 2001, September 12th brought a renewed sense of unity, determination and commitment to the ideals and values that make America exceptional.
11 Years Later
On this 11th anniversary of September 11th, we find many things have changed since that day in 2001–the World Trade Center towers are under construction, Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein are dead and Iraq is now one of the only democratically controlled governments in the middle east.
Most importantly, thanks to the efforts of the men and women of public safety, America has not suffered another terrorist attack during the decade since 9/11.
The community of Anthem at Merrill Ranch is excited and proud to provide this opportunity to honor those everyday heroes among us; those brave men and women who continue to stand united on the front lines, at home and abroad, in an effort to protect the ideals and values that make America exceptional.
On Saturday, September 8, 2012 we will come together to pay tribute to our heroes. It will be a night of music, food, fun and most importantly gratitude and honor. Let’s unite once again, renew our commitment to freedom and remember our American Heroes!