Sept. 11 still provokes community support
Franklin County Times
It seems like only yesterday when our country was forever altered by the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Even though it has been seven years, we still paused yesterday to remember the more than 9,000 people who were injured or killed in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. More than 400 emergency personnel who responded to the World Trade Center site died on Sept. 11 and nearly 5,000 U.S. service members have been killed in Iraq or Afghanistan as part of the War on Terrorism.
Through an order from Gov. Bob Riley, flags across the state stood at half-mast Thursday, and local citizens showed their support of firefighters and police officers by delivering pizza and cake and thanking them for their service.
"Part of today is reminding Americans that every single day there are acts that are both ordinary and profound," said Sen. Joe Biden in a speech yesterday to an American Legion post in Ohio. "You suit up, head out on that vehicle not knowing what you're going to find. If, God forbid, anything remotely close to that happens, it's going to be you guys trying to save all of us."
Even though the attacks were a tragedy, they brought our country together and reminded us to be grateful for everyday Americans who are willing to serve in our communities and military.