Recall tragedy, reflect on heroism

This is Patriot Day, the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in America that killed nearly 3,000 people.

That day, four passenger jets were hijacked by terrorists. Two were flown into the World Trade Center in New York, one into each twin tower. Another was flown into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but, when its passengers attempted to take control of the craft from hijackers, it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

So, while we remember the tragic events of this day 16 years ago, we also should remember the brave heroes who died that day. That includes passengers who fought back and were among the 44 people aboard Flight 93 who perished, as well as more than 400 firefighters, EMS workers, police officers and other rescuers who lost their lives while attempting to fight fires and rescue victims in New York.

Keep them in mind today as you observe a moment of silence at 8.46 a..m., the time when first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, and the moment 9/11 took on new meaning in the hearts of Americans.