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It is September 11th.

Once again for the 16th time on 9-11 of each year since, we remember and commemorate what happened on this date in 2001.

We remember the families of the nearly 3,000 people killed that day when terrorists flew commercial jetliners into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington D C.  And we remember the desperate phone calls made from high above the streets of Manhattan between people who were about to die and their loved ones.

We remember the passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93 as they fought with the terrorists and slammed into a field in Pennsylvania, prevented the plane from crashing into the Capitol Building or maybe the White House.

We remember the more than 400 firefighters and law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center that day and the many more who have died since from the substances they breathed in that day.

We remember the pilots, crews and air traffic controllers who grounded every other plane in the sky that day possibly preventing another terrorist cell from completing their mission.

We remember where we were that, at that moment, when we heard or saw what had just happened

And we remember those who were small children and those not even born yet on September 11th of 2001 who for them will always be a day they learn about in history class.

But for them and all of us, we must always remember what happened that day.  An attack on America that killed more people than died on December 7th 1941 when the U.S was attacked at Pearl Harbor.

A day we thought could never happen and yet it did. We will and we must always remember Sept 11th. 

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