9/11. 20 years ago.

On September 11th, 2001, terror struck the citizens of New York City. It happened in the World Trade Center. Thousands were terrified. So it was like any ordinary day, citizens hanging out, working, walking around the city. Until they saw something flying, and then, boom. A huge explosion shocked thousands of citizens. News, headlines. Everyone was talking about it. Former President George W. Bush was speaking on it. After the attack, he stated, Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining. Today, our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America. With the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.” This truly was a devastating day for America. The lives of so many people were taken. Firefighters, officers, rescue people. People risked their lives for others. That is what started Patriot Day. A day to remember those whose lives were taken, and those who risked their lives for others. It was all done by a terrorist group. Their name was “al-Qaeda.” They were led by Osama Bin Laden. The terrorist group originated from Saudi Arabia. After America found out which country was responsible for the attacks, many were furious. Days later, President George W. Bush actually met with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. They discussed and formed peace with each other. So in that case, America and Saudi Arabia were on good terms and were now allies. America was now stronger than ever. Now, instead of having where some of the attacks went down be the World Trade Center, it is now a memorial to remember all the people we lost. Now, we move on to a new story. A story about a country who helped remember the day that shocked America. The memorial takes place in Jerusalem. The Jewish National Fund says the monument “perfectly characterizes the strong, enduring Israeli-American relationship based on shared democratic principles, peace, and cooperation in the fight against terror.” This shows that despite that it is a different country, many other countries feel for the terror that struck on 9/11. No matter where you are from, you can still remember those whose lives were taken and those who risked their lives for others. Israel is not afraid to fight against terror. After almost 10 years, Osama Bin Laden was killed. He was killed in Pakistan on May 2nd, 2011. He was killed by a Navy Seal. Now it was known for sure he couldn’t cause any more harm to America. To this day people still honor all of the people that died on 9/11. 20 years later and America still hasn’t forgotten. We will not forgive, nor forget.