Every American Needs to Know What Happened on 9/11 – and Why

by Leah Rosenberg

September 11, 2001. That day is etched into the minds, hearts, and souls of Americans. 9/11 is a day that will be remembered forever.

The Horrific Terror Attacks of 9/11

If you were alive on September 11, 2001 and old enough to have memories, you will remember where you were when you first heard about the deadliest attack on American soil in history. You will remember watching the Twin Towers being hit by the airplanes hijacked by Islamic terrorists. You will remember the images of the burning buildings tumbling down and people trying to save their lives by jumping from windows. You will remember the graphic images; the images that are engraved in your mind forever. 9/11 is not just any date on the calendar. It looks different than 10/11. It looks different than 11/11. Whenever you hear the date September 11, it’s a day that holds painful memories for America and the world. Whether you knew one of the 2,996 who were killed or not, you probably cried. You felt the hurt of being a witness to something so unbearably painful.

We can’t forget what happened on that shocking and horrifying day. And we also cannot forget why it happened. Many young Americans who were born after that time period are unaware of what America stands for and what America was forced to fight against – And what America is still forced to fight against.

That day changed the world forever.

Although people born after 2001 have no actual memories of 9/11, we must teach them about our history. We must educate them so that they too can feel the pain America felt as well as feel proud to be American.

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