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Remembering September 11th

Commemorating those who lost their lives

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.” – President George W. Bush

At 8:45 a.m., an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower at the World Trade Center. Hundreds were killed instantly and many hundreds more were trapped above the gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the skyscraper. First responders began arriving, and evacuations were ordered.

Then, 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, appeared out of the clear sky, turned abruptly toward the south tower and sliced into it near the 60th floor.

What followed was televised over and over to the dismay and fear of most Americans.

At 9:45 a.m., while millions watched the devastation in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C. before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon.

As the towers collapsed, and television transmissions endeavored to keep up with both New York and Washington, a California-bound aircraft, United Flight 93, was turning from its flight path back in the direction of the East Coast. Finding their aircraft had been hijacked, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an attack on the terrorists. They fought the four hijackers, and ultimately the aircraft flipped over and dove toward the ground at more than 500 miles an hour, crashing in a rural field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m.

A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks, and thousands were injured.

That evening, President George W. Bush, in a statement from the Oval Office said, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For God to continue to use the memory and legacy of that fateful day to bring glory and honor to His name.
  • For the United States to continually turn to God in prayer and to keep our eyes fixed on Him.
  • For President Trump and for all of the nation’s leaders to have hearts that long for and pursue the will of God.