We shall always remember the people and the devastation caused to the lives of so many families.

We shall also remember how our country unified once again as one and reminding us of the strength our nation has together.

It takes great people to be a great nation – to this, I do not doubt that we are a great nation.

We have overcome the atrocities caused on this day and every day prior, and we will always overcome when we unify together as the United States of America.

Please join me in remembering the lives lost and the importance of never allowing this ever to happen again.

May God be with the families and comfort their hearts as we as a nation remember.

Bill Peeler

On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. They flew two of the planes into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The 9/11 attacks killed 2,996 people, including the 19 terrorist hijackers aboard the four airplanes. People from 78 countries died in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

At the World Trade Center, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the twin towers. That figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who were struggling to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the office workers trapped on higher floors.

At the Pentagon in Washington, DC, 189 people were killed. The dead included 64 people on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.