Hello, everyone. Quilava the Flamethrower here(also known as Tiffany Yep). Today is September 11th, 2016, the anniversary of what is known to Americans and around the world as 9/11. On this day fifteen years ago, 2,996 people lost their lives, and over 6,000 people were injured. On this day, four planes were hijacked-American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77, and United Airlines Flight 93. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, at 8:46 AM UTC, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, and was initially received as a tragic accident. On the morning of September 11th, 2016, at 9:03 AM UTC, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower of the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, live on television, to the horror of millions of viewers. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, at 9:37 AM UTC, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. On the morning of September 11th, 2001, at 10:03 AM UTC, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as a result of the passengers rebelling against the hijackers. On September 11th, 2001, President George W. Bush declared war on the Islamic terrorist group, al-Qaeda, and all terrorists. Not Muslims. Terrorist. Whether they are Asian, African American, Caucasian, Mexican, Latino, or any ethnicity, no matter their religion or skin color or nationality. Many of us were too young to remember what we were doing that day, and some of us weren't even born yet. But for others, they do remember. They remember the disbelief they felt when the North Tower was hit. They remember the shock when they realized that the crashes were intended when the South Tower was hit. They remember the horror they felt when they heard that the Pentagon had been hit, one of the most protected and most important buildings on the country. They remember the sorrow they felt for the lost innocents who had not given up hope or their will to fight for their lives and freedom, but had given their lives instead in that field. They remember the true terror their felt when the towers collapsed, killing even more people. Lower Manhattan was like a battlefield covered in ash and debris. It WAS a battlefield. It was the first battle in the war against terrorism. And the Americans had lost that battle. But we haven't lost the war. The entire world fights a war against terrorism. The battles were never expected, but they were fought everywhere. They were fought in 2013 in the Boston Marathon bombings and shootings. They were fought in 2015 in the Paris Attacks. And they haven't stopped. September 11th is marked as a special day in history for everyone, and not in a positive way. But together we can and will defeat terrorist to prevent it from happening again. We must learn about 9/11 and remember 9/11 to remember-we are at war. But we must not forget who the real enemies are. Not Muslims. Not women who wear a hijab. Terrorist.
So, all of you. Promise yourself, and your country, to remember September 11th, 2001. If you were alive then, or not. If possible, remember what you did that day, how you felt. Remember what you've learned about the attacks since. Remember the 2,996 people who died that day. Remember our real target, the people who really wage war against us.
So let's have a moment of silence to remember those people. Let's have a moment of silence to ponder these words, and to honour those firefighters and paramedics and heroes who risked and gave their lives to try and save people on that day.
Thank you. You will never be forgotten.
~🔥Quilava the Flamethrower🔥 and the rest of the Loquaciousness Magazine Team