Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Now, 21 years later, the landscape of America has changed dramatically since that unexpected and unforgettable day in history.
Nearly every adult can pinpoint exactly where they were on the day the Twin Towers went down. At first, the nation saw it as a horrific accident, but when that second tower was struck, hearts sunk, minds spun and stomachs churned.
What was originally thought to be an accident quickly turned into an unimaginable attack on America. People had no idea what the extent of destruction would be, if their city would be next or if their life was about to end.
And for many, it did end, whether they were trapped in the planes, stuck in burning buildings or heroes attempting to save others. Millions can recall the images and videos of stranded Americans dropping from 1,000 ft skyscrapers to their deaths.
An incredibly dark day in American history.
Worldwide support was tremendous in the days following the tragic attack. With the news of Queen Elizabeth II's death, it’s also worth noting that just two days after the attack, Buckingham Palace guards played the Star Spangled Banner at the command of the Queen.
The powerful connection between Americans was overwhelming, the people united even during such destructive circumstances.
Convention of States Action deeply appreciates and honors those who lost their lives as a result of the 9/11 attacks. Thank you to the brave men and women and their families who sacrificed so much.