We Americans are proud of the countless brave men and women who shined on 9/11/2001. When the planes became bombs and the towers became torches, thousands of people helped each other at great risk to themselves. 2,600 people died in Al Qaeda’s cruel attack against what the Twin Towers represented to them. The spirit of the Twin Towers is not gone. We remember how New Yorkers and hoards of volunteers from all over converged on lower Manhattan to listen, clean, cook, nurse, dig, and weld. We are proud of our civil society. Al Qaeda didn’t recognized that most people who worked in the towers were not wealthy. They were hard working, commuting, middle class Americans. Also, Al Qaeda thought the Arab world would rally behind them. That didn’t happen. Like most Germans when they learned what the Nazi’s were doing to the scapegoated Jewish population, they were horrified.
Today, on the sacred ground in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, thousands are expected to gather in the field where the 40 heroes of United Flight 93 to commemorate their courage and sacrifice. Among those schedule to attend is country music artist Trace Adkins who will perform the National Anthem. Retired General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State, will give the keynote address. Also in attendance will be the honorary co-chairs of the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign former Pa. Gov. and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and retired Gen. Tommy R. Franks. Also attending will be Gordon Felt, president of the Families of Flight 93. At 10:03, the moment Flight 93 crashed, each name of the passengers and crew members will be read. Bells of Remembrance will be tolled by members of the families and community members who helped in the aftermath.