9/11- Twenty Years Later

Twenty years ago on September 11th, 2001, the United States was attacked by terrorists who hijacked four jets and used them as weapons to bring down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and cause extensive damage to the Pentegon in Washington, DC. The fourth plane, projected to hit the White House, was brought down by passengers who wanted to avert another disaster, but it came at their own expense. Last week, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was commemorated and even though the ceremonies were solemn and occur at the time when the US is now at rock bottom for many reasons (which we will not mention here), it served as a chance to reflect about the event and where we stand as a country and as people who represent our country.

And this takes us to the Glessner Covered Bridge located near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The covered bridge, built in 1881 by Tobias Glessner, is located only a few miles away from the site where the fourth hijacked plane was brought down to avert the attack on the White House. And while all the passengers and the terrorists lost their lives, a blue light was shone into the sky to pay tribute to those whose lives were lost, including those who averted the fourth plane and brought it down. The photos were taken by Frank and Jayme Pietryga showing the covered bridge and the light at the site of the tragedy.

We all have our share of stories involving this date, both at the site as well as abroad. We all have our views regarding the tragedy. But one thing we have in common is we must not forget the event and remember who we are, as a country and as a person. The question is what we can do to make the country better, let alone ourselves.



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