The hashtag #NeverForget has been all over Twitter today, as it should be. For today is the 16th anniversary of what might be one of the darkest days in American history.
I don’t really have a huge thing planned out for this. I don’t really have much in the way of insights into this awful tragedy like I did during the Orlando shootings. I have nothing on how to help families cope, musings on the ramifications on American freedom, or anything like that. Nor do I want to inject politics into here. I tend to save that for my Twitter page (about 75% of my posts over the last two weeks were me defending DACA). I have my opinions on things such as our military and legal responses to the attack, but that’s for another day. Literally any other day. And also probably another blog.
Instead, I want to take a few minutes out of my day to recognize the heroes that raced into danger to save lives in New York and Washington on that miserable Tuesday.
About 3,000 innocent people lost their lives that day. Many were in New York’s World Trade Center, many others were in the Pentagon. Still, others were in the planes that crashed into these buildings, not to mention the brave people of United Airlines Flight 93 who fought back which resulted in the plane going down in Pennsylvania.
More would have been killed if it weren’t for the courageous first responders that put their lives on the line for others. Police officers, firefighters, and EMTs were rushing people out of the Twin Towers right up until the moment the buildings collapsed. And they continued to search the rubble for months afterwards, looking for people buried underneath.
Off course, their efforts meant more sacrifices for them. Constantly breathing in the smoke and dust that came from two collapsing skyscrapers, the first responders became ill. Health problems, and many of them are losing their lives even to this day. If you’re looking for how to help 9/11 first responders, that there link goes to a much better written article than this one that actually tells you where to go to donate (there are different charities and non-profits for different purposes, such as responders’ health care or education funds for the children of those lost on that day).
Regardless, remember to “Never Forget” the sacrifices that these heroes made for us on that day. And to those who risked their lives and to those who made the ultimate sacrifice on that awful Tuesday morning, thank you for everything!!!!!
Readers–What do YOU think!? What does 9/11 mean to you? Any charities dedicated to the attacks that you can recommend people donate to? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!