Today we take a moment to look back at the events that occurred 19 years ago. On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda 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, while changing the trajectory of U.S. Service Members.
We would like to take a moment to remember all the lives lost that day and Honor the countless Heroes that emerged. From the passengers who paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to derail flight 93 to the dedicated first responders who ran towards a crumbling building to save the lives of fellow Americans. Today we remember and honor you.
If you would like to learn more, please visit the National 9/11 Memorial & Museum website.
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