Remembering, mourning those we lost on 9/11

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Today we remember the horrific attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

The terrorists who hijacked passenger jets and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon jarred us, individually and collectively as a nation.

We honor the passengers who prevented a fourth plane from hitting another landmark, instead crashing in a Pennsylvania field.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed, and 6,000 others injured. Among those killed were rescue personnel, including firefighters who ran toward the disasters, and up those stairs to try to rescue all that they could.

We remember that day with profound sadness for those who lost their lives. These were people simply going about their business, doing their work. We remember the heroism that was on display. We remember how our neighbors were our neighbors, and not liberals or conservatives, but Americans who mourned alongside us.

We remember still, and mourn still.

Soon, in Jackson, a memorial will be built to honor the firefighters lost on 9/11.

Jackson Fire Rescue will memorialize the 343 firefighters who perished.

According to a report by Marybeth Niederkorn, the idea was born after last year's 9/11 commemoration, said Capt. Ryan Davie. Every year for the past four years, he said, the department has tried to find a creative, meaningful way to honor the sacrifice of the firefighters who gave their lives on 9/11.

The department is seeking funds to build a plaza near the fire station that will have a pentagon-shaped base, two black "towers" inscribed with names of those who died in the 2001 attacks, three flag poles, a statue of a kneeling firefighter facing the towers, and benches.

We will remember all those families today, and pray for those who go on without loved ones.

We will remember those who perished while rushing to the rescue. We will never forget.

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