“No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”- Virgil

Those are the words etched on the walls of the September 11 Memorial Museum in steel recovered from the Twin Towers. Twenty years ago, our nation suffered a horrific attack in New York City at the World Trade Center site and at the Pentagon, on September 11, 2001. In a terror attack aimed at the symbols of America’s power and prosperity, 2,977 people were killed and over 6,000 were injured. There were no survivors on the hijacked planes and only 20 survivors were pulled out of the flaming rubble. The tragedy is one of the largest losses of life due to a foreign attack on American soil, as well as the greatest loss of rescue personnel (in one incident) in American history.

There was nothing more shocking than that dark day in history. Everyone remembers exactly where they were and how they felt that day. It was a heartbreaking time but also one of unity. Every American had gone through very similar experiences of fear while our brothers and sisters in New York and D.C. witnessed it in a horrific way.

Now is a time to thank first responders for their service. No one sees the world like they do, and no one is more selfless than them and their counterparts. All we can do is pray that our nation continues to stay safe, and our leaders protect us from threats both domestic and abroad.