By Matt Olson
At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, the American people, and our very way of life, came under attack in a brutal and deliberate scheme carried out by an Islamic extremist group known as al-Qaeda. Over the next 102 minutes, the test of human courage and sacrifice would be challenged unlike any other day in United States history. 19 men armed with Boeing 767 aircrafts destroyed the biggest symbols in the New York skyline, the World Trade Centers.
Another plane billowed into the Pentagon, the center of the nation’s defense, like a bottle rocket. And, most tragically but heroically, a plane crashed into a field outside the small town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania, allegedly headed for the Capitol or White House.George Bush, a president focused on improving domestic policies, was now thrust into a position of acting as a Commander-in-Chief during a war period. American families were crushed, and ideas that were so important to us before these tragic events seemed only trivial in the grand scheme of things in this country.
Now, 10 years later, the nation still mourns. Families are still affected. Young children are growing up without one or both of their parents. But the heroism displayed on that day by American citizens, not our “superheroes,” was nothing short of phenomenal.We live in a generation of “someone else will take care of it.” But those people, just like us, showed the epitome of human courage, and made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. And for that, 9/11 will live in our hearts forever.