Patriot Day, also known as September 11 or 9/11, is an annual observance on September 11 to remember the ones who tragically died or were injured during the terrorist attacks that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001. On this day, 18 years ago, four US planes were hijacked and three of those were then purposely flown into two important buildings with strong ties to the United States: the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. The other plane was crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA, killing the civilians on board. These acts devastated our country and are still known as the biggest acts of terrorism on United States soil. The attacks led to the death of nearly 3,000 people and had a massive impact on our economy. Not only did the victims who were inside of the Twin Towers lose their lives, but a large amount of police officers and firefighters also lost their lives trying to save others.
This single event has had immense effects on the American people and the United States as a whole. The terrorist attacks have led to increased alert to national security, including strict transportation security and import laws, as well as huge implications for national and international politics. The event singlehandedly led to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration, as well as causing many laws to go into effect, including the Patriot Act and the Homeland Security Act. Overall, the American people became significantly more weary and took action to become prepared for any future events. The terrorist attacks led to a lot of psychological fear and terror, as many people awaited another act on US soil. Today, the relationship between the United States and Islamic countries in the Middle East is still greatly impacted.
In memory of the victims of 9/11, New York City placed the memorial, Reflecting Absence, which consists of a pair of reflecting pools in the footprints of the towers surrounded by a list of the victims’ names, on September 11, 2011. Each anniversary of the event, in New York City, the names of the victims are read aloud in memorial. Many Americans take a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, the time the first plane flew into the World Trade Center, to remember the victims and the brave officials who risked their lives to save others on this day. The flag is also flown at half-staff as a symbol of respect.
At the time of the attacks, and thereafter, the American people banded together in the face of adversary to come out stronger on the other side. The nation joined together in solidarity for the lost loved ones, and they continue to do so today in honor of them. The events have truly shaken the United States, and a lot of Americans are still facing ramifications today. That is why it is vitally important to keep remembering what happened 18 years ago. We remember to honor the ones who lost their lives, the officials and citizens who risked their lives, and everyone who had a part in the reconstruction of our country. We also remember so that we stay prepared for future events, and so that we never forget what transpired on that day.