Millions of Americans were on their way to work that fateful morning when tragedy struck the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, bringing terrorism to the shores of the United States.
New York, Washington, D.C., and a farm field in Pennsylvania were the sights that shocked the nation and world beyond belief. Four commercial passenger planes wreaked havoc on the nation and the American people that morning, 9/11/01 at 8:45 a.m.
Today, Sept. 11, 2012, Americans in large cities and small communities are determined to never let the nation or world forget that day of a second sneak attack on the United States.
Japan pulled the first nearly 71 years ago, on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941 when planes rained down bombs and gunfire onto unsuspecting American forces.
Each attack killed about 3,000 and led the United States into military action to show the attackers and the world, the U.S. would not take such affronts to its freedoms from any enemy.
Conspiracy theories came fast and furious from all over and from the darkest corners of the United States and foreign countries.
Similar theories abounded, and continue to be heard about the November 1963 shooting of John F. Kennedy, as well as the attack on Pearl Harbor.
These attacks will be discussed and debated for years to come. Whether the outcomes change, we can only guess.
Is U.S. intelligence up to snuff in the “game” of intrigue and groups bent on destroying the United States? Is the nation protected?
Citizens cannot forget billowing clouds of black smoke, the chaos of people running from the catastrophe as first responders head into the unknown battle zone.
We must never forget that day, nor the forces of evil around the world bent on destroying this nation.