It seems as though we are at times divided as a nation, seventeen years prior to this day today we were struck with tragedy. In wake of this tragedy, we came together; helping those in grief and rebuilding that which was broken. Today, we come together to commemorate, remember and honor all those we lost.

At 8:46am American Airlines Flight 111 crashed into the North Façade of the North tower in Manhatten city New York. Seventeen minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 struck the Southern Façade of the Southern Tower. At 9:37am the Pentagon in Virginia was fractured. The final hi-jack attempt was disrupted by the courageous men and women aboard flight 93, who overtook the terrorists but the plane inevitably crashed in Pennsylvania, though saving countless lives as it was heading to Washington D.C.

Within an hour of each building burning, the Twin Towers collapsed. Hours later, building 7 World Trade Center collapsed from fire and debris deriving from the wreckage of the Twin Towers.

2,996 lives were lost that tragic day; 343 of those lives were those of firefighters, 127 were law enforcement officials and military.

Today, remember and honor those we have lost, commemorating a day we will never forget.

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” -Harry S. Truman

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