On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorist’s from al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out the most deadly Terrorist attack on U.S. soil. As we all know, two of the planes struck the Twin Towers in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and finally the fourth plane crashed into a fields in Pennsylvania when the heroic passengers overpowered the terrorist’s in the cockpit. .
Ultimately the Twin Towers in NYC collapsed instantly killing 343 firefighters, 23 police officers and 37 Port Authority officers plus over 2000 civilians. This was truly, as President Roosevelt said about the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI, “A Day of Infamy”.
Those 403 public safety heroes’ ran into those building and saved thousands of civilians, making this the most successful rescue in the history of the fire service. Their bravery, their sacrifice must never be forgotten. The New York City Fire Department lost hundreds of years of experience that fateful day. This included the Chief of Department, Peter J. Ganci, Jr., First Deputy Commissioner, Chief William Feehan the FDNY Chaplain, Father Mychal Judge, two Assistant Chiefs, seventeen Battalion Chiefs and 320 Captains, Lieutenants, and Firefighters. On that day the FDNY, NYPD and PAPD flooded heaven with angels.
We must never forget the hero’s of that day, whether in New York City, the Pentagon or in Shanksville, PA. They all risked or lost their lives for us, for our country and our way of life. Since then thousands of soldiers have lost their lives or have been injures to assure our freedom and to prevent another terrorist attack
At 7 p.m., on September 11, 2001 President George W. Bush, who had spent the day in the air at various military facilities because of security concerns, returned to the White House. At 9 p.m., he delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, stating, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” He further boldly declared that “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them” in reference to the eventual U.S. military response.
There was a TV commercial produced shortly after 9/11 that being it all home. It showed a street in Anytown, U.S.A and the narrator says “On September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacked Our Country Trying to Change Our Way of Life”, then the picture changes to the same street but with an American Flag in the yard of each house, the Announcer the stated “They Succeeded”. This was a powerful depiction of how we responded to the tragedy of that day.
My God Bless the heroes of that day, our brave soldiers and our great country