The coordinated terrorist attacks on the foundations of the world's largest nations brought the entire world community to its knees on September 11, 2011. Al – Qaeda, an Islamic extremist terrorist group, targeted the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the White House. Two of the planes – of the four hijacked by the terrorist group – American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the North and South Towers in the World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan. It took only 42 minutes for the 110-story tower to collapse; the surrounding structures soon followed.
The third hijacked plane – American Airlines Flight 77 – crashed into the Pentagon Arlington County, Virginia. The fourth hijacked planet was diverted from its deliberate goal ̵
The attack injured 25,000 people and killed another 2977. Even today, thousands have disappeared – with their loved ones still in search of a formal confirmation. Such is the tragic story of 9/11.
The American Nation's Immediate Response
We Americans are a brave nation. Following in the footsteps of law enforcement and the military, everyday Americans showed the greatest courage to help the situation.
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our largest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America. These actions crush steel, but they cannot bend steel out of American determination. "
These were the exact words of the then President of America, which showed the nation's determination against these heinous attacks.
Operation Enduring Freedom followed these attacks and this US-led international effort to repel the Taliban regime in Afghanistan and destroy Osama bin Laden's terrorist network there, launched on 7 October. In just two months, the TALIBAN was removed from its operation tower. Bin-laden was killed in the years after the attack.
A tragedy that will never be forgotten.
For the world beyond our borders, fatalities and millions of injuries and emotional distress can only be numbers and case studies. For America, this was an attack on our most important asset – our people. The people who died were our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. They were – they are – Americans. Try as we can, we will never be able to forget the cries of people as beautiful, innocent souls left the world in the name of extremism.
9/11 rattled the United States to its core. We have rebuilt the structure, cleared away rubbish, made memorials. But what we can not do is forget. We will not forget, we can not forget the lives that have been laid down, the sacrifices that have been made, the generations destroyed. We will not let these victims go in vain. We do not let the world forget the atrocities committed against the American nation. We can not.
At Paradiso Insurance, our most important asset is not the monetary benefit. These are the people of the United States. It has been almost two decades since the attacks, and yet the wounds remain unpleasant. At Paradiso Insurance, we realize that America can face many problems right now. Yet we are a nation of true patriots. Patriotism runs right in our veins.
To celebrate our fallen brave men and women, we celebrate Flag Day. Our age-old tradition symbolizes the strength of the American nation. By replacing an old flag with a new one, we confirm that we remember those who were directly affected by the tragedy and that nothing – no power – can undo the American spirit.