Commemorating the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Photo provided by Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill/dodlive.mil An aerial view of the Pentagon building two days after 9/11.

The 9/11 attacks led to the start of the “Global War on Terrorism,” which continues to this day. The 18-year conflict in Afghanistan, the longest war in US history, has claimed the lives of thousands of US military personnel and cost American taxpayers billions of dollars. This September 11, or Patriot Day as it is now called, take time to remember the thousands of people who have lost their lives in this ongoing fight against terror.

Two thousand nine hundred seventy-seven innocent people from 93 nations lost their lives on that tragic Tuesday. The death toll would have been even higher if the brave passengers and crew members of United Flight 93 had not overpowered the hijackers and diverted the flight, which was destined to hit the US Capitol building in Washington, DC.

Though none survived the crash, their courage saved the country from an even bigger catastrophe.

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