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Remember Sept. 11

At least 3,000 Americans died on Sept. 11, 2001 in an attack that gripped the nation, one we cannot forget. 

Many watched live as a second plane carrying 20,000 gallons of jet fuel struck the South World Trade Center, burning a gaping hole in the offices and killing hundreds of average Americans instantly. 

It was apparent then that the U.S. was under attack.

Within a few hours another plane crashed into the Pentagon, killing 125 government personnel and the 65 people onboard the flight. 

Hundreds of firefighters dropped what they were doing to risk their lives by entering the burning buildings, and unfortunately, many died as the World Trade Center buildings collapsed onto New York City streets. They continue to die today as they suffer from complications related to inhaling toxic dust and smoke as they searched Ground Zero for days on end.

Along their side, 44 passengers on United Flight 93 died in an act of heroism that we cannot forget. Upon being hijacked by a few of the nine al-Qaida, the passengers decided to fight for their lives, storming the cockpit with boiling water and fire extinguishers to take control of the plane. 

Unfortunately, the plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field, killing all on board but saving countless others in the process since the plane was believed to be targeting the White House, Camp David, nuclear power plants or the U.S. Capitol. 

It was sad to hear that President Donald Trump invited Taliban leaders to meet at Camp David this past Sunday ahead of the national day of grieving. It is good news that the talks dissolved, since this week should be spent in solidarity with those who lost all. 

We commend the Marion JROTC members who performed in a remembrance program this morning, and we encourage everyone in Grant County to pay respects to the fallen at some point today because there are thousands of people across our country still reeling from the effects of that awful day. 

If you couldn’t make it to the event, mark it in your calendar for next year because Marion High School has planned and hosted the public event for years now at the flagpole. 

Just like 9/11, when we come together as a community, we gain strength. 

It is important that we share our experiences with the younger generation who were too young to witness the attack. 

The message we need to send today is that America is unstoppable when we unite with compassion. Grant County has shown this through the past week’s news cycle, but we can always do more. 

We must never forget.