We all know what happened on that fateful day.

September 11, 2001.

For many of us, 9/11 was a day that we are incapable of forgetting, though some may wish they could. It was a day of death, fear, and heartache and, 11, years later, it still can't be blotted out from our minds. From that day forward, the lives of the American people changed. Terrorism became a legitimate threat, and fear and brokenness reigned. The two buildings that make up the World Trade Center, one of the United States' most famous landmarks, the Pentagon, a symbol of the US Military, and the Capitol Building itself were all targeted for destruction by terrorists on four seperate airplanes. The attempt proved to be successful except for one plane; instead of destroying the Capitol Building, the plane landed in an open field, both saving the lives of the people in the Capitol Building, but ending the lives of the people on the plane. The shock of this catastrophic event flooded through the entire United States, and September 11th would never be looked at the same way again.

Though many look back at 9/11 and feel the pain of the lives lost and the trembling fear from that day and the days following, most fail to see the positives in it all. Though many people died, and even more people were left to grieve, all in all, the United States has come out stronger. The intent of the al-Qaeda terrorists was to ruin us, but, instead, we just grew closer. Now, we are left with a better appreciation for our government and, for many, a stronger trust in God. It is faith and strength that has gotten us this far, and it is faith and strength that will bring us through.

 

"The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified. We feel renewed devotion to the political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law and respect for human life. We are more determined than ever to live our lives in freedom." -Rudolph W. Giuliani