Eighteen years ago, for many of us, we remember where we were and what we were doing at 8:45 a.m., September 11, 2001 when our country was attacked by terrorists.

On a beautiful, clear blue sky September morning, an American Airlines crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City. Hundreds were immediately killed and hundreds were trapped in the burning 110-story skyscraper. Minutes later, another plane crashed into the second tower, confirming in our minds that our country was under attack.

The third terrorist attack occurred when hijackers took control of Flight 77, crashing into the Pentagon.

The fourth attack came when hijackers took over Flight 93. Courageous passengers aboard resisted and the plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, killing all aboard. It was thought the terrorists’ target was either the White House or the U.S. Capitol.

All four of these attacks left almost 3,000 people dead and many young American children without their parents.

The country, as well as the world, watched non-stop media coverage of this catastrophic event for days. Osama bin Laden who was the leader of these attacks, was finally found and killed when a small U.S. force transported by helicopters raided his Pakistani compound.

Today, a 9-11 Museum stands at Ground Zero in New York City.

All American Flags should be at half-mast on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 when we will remember that horrible day 18 years ago.

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