where they were when the first plane hit the tower. We remember watching our TV's as the horror unfolded. We felt the gut wrenching pain of realizing there were so many who didn't make it out before the buildings collapsed. And it became worse when it dawned on us that the police and firefighters and emergency medical people who had rushed in to save lives had now lost theirs. And on top of the tragedy of the towers came the news of another plane plowing into the Pentagon. And still another crash in Pennsylvania.
America was battered. America was bruised. But America was by no means defeated. Three firemen raised our flag at Ground Zero. And we as a people came together. Race didn't matter. Religion didn't matter. Social standing didn't matter. We were Americans, one and all.
Today we remember. We remember the mind numbing pictures of destruction. We remember those whose lives were taken. We remember the heroes of that day. And we remember who caused this tragedy.
But most of all, we need to remember that we can come together as a nation. As a people who love our country and who love our flag and all it stands for. And we need to do so again.
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