Even years later, the events of 9/11 have affected thousands of lives. Our entire nation and much of the world wept in the wake of such barbarity. We now live in an age when thousands, worldwide, battle the scourge of terrorism.

Some will ask why do we need to celebrate Patriot Day, What’s the fuss?  Well for one thing it’s a day of remembrance to memorialize 9/11 not celebrate it.  We were attacked because of our particular western values.  It reminds us that our first responders, police and fire fighters, are heroes in the same vein as our military and our veterans.  Here is why we remember our heroes:

At 8:46 AM flight 11 crashes into the North Tower, at 1 World Trade Center (WTC), at roughly 466 MPH, between floors 93 and 99.  Powerful shock waves traveled down to the ground and up again, distributing the highly combustible jet fuel; igniting a series of chain reactions.  A two alarm went out but no form of airborne evacuations were attempted as the smoke was too dense for a successful landing on the roof, and jumpers were inevitable.  It was reported that from 100 to as many as 250 jumpers took their lives that day. 

The First Responders were faced with a daunting job, a fire in one of the tallest high rises in the world.   A high rise fire is the worst  job all firemen dread.

At 9:03 AM flight 175 crashed into the South tower going about 590 mph between floors 77 and 85.  Parts of the plane were separated and landed 6 blocks away.  Stairwells, along with television and radio broadcast lines were severed as they were located at the Towers.

At 9:06 AM the FAA bans all flights bound for the NY center from North Carolina, north, and as far west as eastern Michigan.  In essence NY is quarantined, and the Capital area is put on defcon 5 alert.

By 9:25 AM the FAA bans takeoffs of all civilian aircraft regardless of destination, - nation wide,  and all military bases in the U.S. are ordered to increase our threat condition to Delta status.

At 9:37 AM Flight 77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon at 530 mph, killing all 64 on board and 125 Pentagon personnel.  It started a violent fire that was very difficult to put out, due to the type of insulation and treated lumber in the roof.

At 9:43 AM the FCC orders all planes in flight to find a place to land IMMEDIATELY;  take offs are cancelled and many flights had to land in Canada. — A state of silence falls across our country for the next week to 10 days, and this silence was eerie!

At 10:03 AM United Flight 93 is crashed by the hijackers and its passengers, going 583 mph due to a fight outside the cockpit, 80 miles outside of Pittsburgh near Shanksvilles, PA.  The passengers learned about the crashes at the WTC and Pentagon, on their cell phone calls, they made and received.  Flight 93’s cockpit voice recorder confirmed that passengers resisted the terrorists who were trying to breach the cockpit door, forcing the plane down in Somerset County, in Pennsylvania.   It was believed by the 9/11 Commission that Flight 93’s target was either the Capital Building or the White House.

As we ran from danger at the Pentagon to find safety, It was the First Responders who ran into that burning building to assist in rescue and recovery.  It was known as the Walk of Courage. 

Later that evening President Bush stated to the Nation,  “Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended... make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass this test.”

The purpose of 9/11 memorials is to remember our first responders and the thousands who were lost that day, their families who loved them, and all the relief workers who took that long walk of courage to help without counting the cost to themselves!  

Even years later, the events of 9/11 have affected thousands of lives.  Our entire nation and much of the world wept in the wake of such barbarity.  We now live in an age when thousands, worldwide, battle the scourge of terrorism.

It’s often said that this war was declared by the terrorists who did not like the IDEA of America, and that’s what they attacked.  But what they do not understand is that this miracle called America can’t be destroyed by crashing passenger planes, fully fueled, into buildings that represent our economy, our government, our way of life OR by burning our flag.   

America is GENETIC, it’s in our genes our bones and our hearts.  It comes directly from God to us!  Individual freedoms and our liberties is our life force.

Newt Gingrich said it best, “The fact is, what makes American Exceptionalism different is that we are the only people I know of, in history who say, ‘Power comes directly from God to you.  As a result, “You are personally sovereign, and so you are always a citizen, you are never a subject.”  When the founding fathers wrote “we hold these truths to be self-evident,” they did so because it was a “set of truths, as they understood it, about the nature of  ‘BEING HUMAN’ and not a ‘philosophy,’ ‘an ideology,’ or a ‘theory.’ We are human within a fabric CREATED BY GOD,’ and “THESE RIGHTS ARE UNALIENABLE,” which means “no politician, no bureaucrat no judge, no one, not even terrorists, can take them away from you.”

Today we remember a clear, blue, sunny morning and all that was taken, but we also remember the bravery, honor, courage, and sacrifice of those who ran in to help, many of whom died in the process.  Patriot Day is not about politics, it’s about remembering, to: ‘never forget.’

To the men and women of the our Fire, Police Departments and our Military,  to Those who died at the call of duty,  soldiers in a war that never ends,  these memorials are a Remembrance by the People  of this grateful community and Nation