“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate,” Sandy Dahl, wife of Jason Dahl (Pilot of United Airlines Flight 93).
Sixteen years ago, the world was different. There was no constant threat of terror.
Sixteen years ago, the United States of America was altered eternally. Now, each time the word “terrorism” rolls of someone’s tongue, the atmosphere emits an icy chill.
Sixteen years ago marks the tragedy of 9/11.
On an ordinary September morning, the United States of America would be forever changed. At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, a plane (American Airlines Flight 11) commandeered by a group of extremists struck the North Tower of the notorious World Trade Center in New York. Minutes later, a second plane (United Flight 175) crashed into the South Tower. Following these, two additional aircrafts crashed into the Pentagon (American Airlines Flight 77) and a rural field in Pennsylvania (United Airlines Flight 93). These collisions were no incident; they were planned by a group of Islamic Extremists, known as Al-Qaeda, following Osama bin Laden.
This disaster was intended to cause mass destruction as well as unfathomable fear. In all, almost 3,000 people lost their lives and 6,000 more suffered injury because of these appalling attacks.
In an instant, the world stopped. In a matter of minutes, thousands of lives were completely altered. When the first plane collided with the World Trade Center, America was transformed forever. We will never be able to change the events that occurred on September 11, 2001, but we can prevent it from happening again. The United States was stirred, but this nation will remain strong as long as Americans remember. Let us never forget those who lost their lives trying to rescue those affected by this attack. Sixteen years later, we remember 9/11, and we have hope for an unbreakable future.