Sixteen years ago, America endured a brutal attack. On September 11, 2001, our nation was shaken in a way we will never forget.
We remember the clear blue sky that greeted New Yorkers that morning. We remember the confusion that swiftly took hold when the first tower was struck. After the towers collapsed, confusion turned to fear, disbelief, and sadness. We knew nothing would ever be the same.
We remember the nearly 3,000 individuals killed in New York City, Washington D.C., and outside of Shanksville, PA. We remember those that were never found. We remember the families and friends who have endured so much heartbreak. And we remember the heroes who selflessly ran toward danger when everyone else was running away.
While we can never forget the tragedy, we must also remember the strength that was demonstrated.
In the days and months that followed, cities from all over the country sent their firefighters, police, and EMTs to Ground Zero. Nearly 36,000 units of blood were donated to the NY Blood Center. Communities flew their flags, gathered in common places to grieve together, and donated to support victims and rescue workers. Following the attacks, 3.6 million Americans entered our military services.
A generation is now coming of age with no recollection of September 11th. Let us share with them not only the tragedy, but also the remarkable compassion, bravery, and decency that was displayed by so many. Join us as we honor those we’ve lost and help ensure our nation never forgets that in our darkest hour we became our best selves.