On September 11, 2001 at 8:46am EST American Airline’s Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, beginning a day that will never be forgotten in American history. Three other air crafts were involved in the events of that day: one more that crashed into the World Trade Center’s South Tower, another into the Pentagon’s western face and a third aircraft that crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Throughout the course of these events, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others were wounded.
President Donald Trump has asked that this past weekend be “Days of Prayer and Remembrance” and that Monday to be “Patriot Day.” The White House made an announcement this Friday stating, “As we reflect on our sorrow and our grief, we come together to pray for those who lost loved ones,” Trump said. “As a Nation, we pray that the love of God and the comfort of knowing that those who perished are forever remembered brings them peace and gives them courage.”
Texas Christian University students have the opportunity to participate in the day of remembrance by joining the TCU Young Americans for Freedom’s 9-11 Never Forget Project. This Flag Planting event will be taking place Monday at 7:30am to 12:00pm in front of Frog Fountain.
The events of 9/11 officially pushed the United States into waging a global war on terrorism. It has been 16 years since 9/11 and Americans have had three different presidents, each with their own goals on eradicating radical Islamic terrorism, and troops are still deployed around the world fighting against those who challenge our freedom and beliefs. Given the widening political division in our country, we have to remind ourselves that as Americans we have the obligation to never forget the lives that were lost on this tragic day and the families who still grieve the loss of their loved ones.