Today is the annual day of observance for all the lives lost and affected by the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans and will be on the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Time) to mark the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.
We are all familiar with the events of that day. On September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the largest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives in the attacks and the economic impact was immense and affected our country for years.
Please take a moment today to honor those lives lost in the crashes and by rescuers as well as their loved ones who’s lives were forever changed.