We will never forget the events of 9/11

For younger generations, September 11th, 2001 may be a faint memory or not a memory at all, just a lesson from a history book. For older generations, it’s a memory that’s as clear as day, right down to the exact time, place, and all the emotions that were running through their bodies as the 9/11 terrorist attack unfolded.

When the first plane struck the World Trade Center, the world held its breath, confused. Two more hijacked planes went on to fly into the South Tower of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

The fourth aircraft crashed into a field after the 44 passengers and crew members were able to overtake the hijackers who had diverted the plane’s course to Washington, DC. An estimated 2,977 people were killed in DC, NYC, and outside of Shanksville, PA. (Source: CNN)

The world watched as the two 110-story World Trade Center buildings collapsed within one hour and 42 minutes

Photo by Melanie Outtarac, University of Maryland College Park

While the attack happened 16 years ago, it hasn’t been, and will never be, forgotten

To those whose lives were lost, you’ll always be in our hearts and our hearts are with those who are remembering and honoring their loved ones today. We deeply thank and respect all the brave men and women, from firefighters to police to civilians, who risked and/or sacrificed their lives as they fought to save and protect others.

American flags placed on McKeldin Mall at the University of Maryland to honor all the lives lost on September 11, 2001. Photo by Melanie Outtarac.

This world is a crazy place and life has seemed even more unpredictable than before in 2017, but it’s important to always remember to cherish the time you have with your loved ones, have strength, and throw kindness around like confetti ❤️