Ten years ago today, all our lives changed forever. Before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the New York City skyline featured a powerful symbol of our great country’s financial and social dominance. The assault left our county stunned, but united. In the days following the attacks, a feeling of national pride swept America and we stood together as a united front ready to fight terrorism and rid the world of evil. The event stands beside national tragedies like Pearl Harbor and Hurricane Katrina.
In the last 10 years, many things have changed. Airline security has increased dramatically, and the government formed the Department of Homeland Security. Every year on September 11, we observe Patriot Day, a national day of mourning.
Most Americans can tell you exactly what they were doing when it happened. I remember 9/11 being the primary reason I joined the service. I, like many Americans felt the need to stand up and do something about what was happening on the world stage.
Take some time this day to remember, and reflect on, those who we lost, not only in on 9/11, but those whom we have lost in the War on Terror.