Today is one of those days when anyone old enough to remember the events 11 years ago pauses to remember how they felt when they heard, or saw, that two jets had been crashed into the World Trade Centerís Twin Towers Ė the iconic skyscrapers that were such a symbol of Americaís strength.
September 11, 2001.Itís been 11 years, but the emotions and hurt we feel as Americans is still raw. The world is a different place now. Our security was shaken, the rules changed, and we found ourselves locked in wars weíre still fighting.
We were tested, and we prevailed.
Today there will be several events to commemorate that day: the jets crashing into the towers, which eventually crashed to the ground; the jet that crashed into the Pentagon; and the jet that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers attacked hijackers who they learned were planning to crash the plane in Washington. More than 3,000 people were killed.
On Page 1C of todayís Aiken Standard you will find recollections of that day from people in the community.
There are other defining moments in our nationís history that we set aside to remember each year.
Pearl Harbor Day is another event that was a defining moment for our nation and one thatís important to remember in the way we remember Sept. 11.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan attacked Americaís naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded.
Four U.S. battleships sank and other damaged.
The next day President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on Japan and the U.S. entered World War II.
Itís important to remember and honor these defining moments in our history.
Too much was sacrificed, too much changed, too much of our history and our future are impacted by moments like these.