It would be difficult to find anyone over the age of 18 who does not remember exactly where they were on this day 18 years ago…a day that forever changed our nation, making us fear for our safety, but instilling in us a feeling of patriotism and kinship at a level that we, as a nation, had never felt before.  

   On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaida hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.

   The images of the tragedy will forever be imprinted in our memory, and we will never forget the great loss of life that these 3,000 Americans suffered. May God bless all those who suffered loss during this devastating event, and most importantly in these days of fear, tragedy, and uncertainty, may “God Bless America.”

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