Community Remembers 9-11

by Staff Reporter / Sep 11, 2017 / comments
Locally, the Espanola Fire Department raises the flag on their ladder truck in memory of their lost brothers and sisters of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorism attack. Valley Daily Post photo

Community Remembers 9-11

Staff Report

Sixteen years ago today the world was forever changed when 19 men associated with the little-known terrorist group “Al-Quaida” hijacked four passenger aircraft and used them as guided missiles against the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the World Trade Center in New York City.

2,996 innocent victims died in those attacks and thousands of others were injured. Among the fatalities were 343 firefighters, 71 law enforcement officers and 55 military personnel, many of whom died while trying to rescue other victims. 

30 passengers on board United Airlines flight 93 fought back against their highjackers causing the plane to crash in a field in Pennsylvania, thereby preventing the plane from reaching its target in Washington D.C.

Sixteen years have passed and although the shock and pain of those days has faded, the impact on our world remains.

Today we remember those we lost that day and remember the spirit of unity that Sept. 11, 2001 brought to the United States. The area fire departments are taking a moment of silence to remember, conducting memorial events and remembering that tragic day. Several residents and local groups have displayed the American flag as a tribute. Our elected officials are also attending memorial events and sharing their thoughts on what 9-11 means to us all.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan added to this sentiment today, in a press statement saying “This September 11th, I ask you to honor the great American spirit of those lost, not just on 9/11, but also those heroic men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country since that day. Our nation is strongest when we stand together.”

We remember, always and forever.

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