AFA Remembers 9/11

Today is a time to remember. Sixteen years ago on a sunny, clear day in Washington DC the world changed forever. What had started out as another beautiful peaceful day, suddenly turned into a day of disbelief, shock and mourning.

September 11, 2001, war came to America. Nineteen Islamic terrorists hijacked airliners and flew them into the Pentagon, New York City’s Twin Towers and into the ground in Pennsylvania in a well-planned attack. We, as a country, responded with one voice. We flew the American Flag with pride and in defiance of an enemy who would deprive us of the very freedoms so many have fought and died for. Our allies stood with us that day and even potential adversaries paused to pay their respects to us.

Since 2001, many have sacrificed their lives in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Sixteen years later we are still fighting an enemy that is intent on destroying us. We must remember the faces, the names of those taken from us too soon. We cannot forget them. We cannot forget the lessons learned years ago on this day. We must remain vigilant; we must remain strong to deter those who would do us harm. We must never forget 9/11.