News of tragedy spread immediately and everywhere on 9/11.
The terrorist attacks happened 15 years ago today ---when the planes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon, and in a field in Shanksville, Pa. The victims of 9/11 -- including the 33 crew members, 213 passengers and 2,730 people on the ground are not forgotten. We continue to think about the thousands of people were injured, as well.
I remember hearing the news of a plane hitting the World Trade Center on the radio in my car, as I headed to a morning class at ISU. I had just gotten my then 8 -year-old daughter off to school and taken my 2-year-old son to his grandparents' house. I was having trouble making sense of what was being announced. I wondered if I should even continue driving to campus. When I walked into the journalism classroom, several people were staring at a TV screen the professor had turned on. We were all watching, worried and eager to understand the shocking news that was unfolding in a room full of novice reporters.
Today, I'm proud of the patriotism our community and country displays at this time each year, vowing never to forget that tragedy. Most people remember the heroism that became evident as rescuers worked the scenes.
While terrorism threats against the U.S. have evolved since 15-years ago, it's important to remember that they still exist. According to an FBI press release for the anniversary of the attacks, threats are “persistent and acute.”
"Especially those posed by individuals who are recruited domestically and travel abroad to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and by homegrown violent extremists who may aspire to attack the United States from within," Director James Comey said.
Officials have directed flags at state facilities be flown at half-staff, and asked that businesses and residents across the state also lower their flags to half-staff, in observance of Patriot Day.
Lucy Perry can be reached at email@example.com
Journalist, Terre Haute
Lucy Perry, 45, enjoys writing about issues in her hometown. She periodically expresses personal opinions in her blog, Terre Haute Times.
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