Ten years ago, America suffered one of its greatest tragedies in recent history when 19 al-Qaeda members hijacked four planes and destroyed the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, along with the lives of countless Americans. Now a national day of mourning, the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is a time to reflect for the American people.
After an estimated 3,000 lives were lost, former President George W. Bush signed a resolution that gave a new name for the tragic date: Patriot Day. More of a day of remembrance than a holiday, Americans around the country are encouraged to hang flags outside their homes and observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. in order to mourn those who died in the tragedy, and for their families who are still directly affected by their loss.
Aside from the families of victims, countless others were indirectly affected by the attack on our nation. Even though young adults may have been very young when the tragedy occurred, they still understand what a pivotal event it was thanks to this national day of remembrance.
Although September 11 may already have passed, I ask you to again take another moment to remember the heroes and victims of that day ten years ago. This tragedy not only affects us on one day; it changed America forever, and we should continue to pray for those still suffering in any way that we can.