America Remembers 9/11 as Freedom Rises

A look at One World Trade Center, formerly the Freedom Tower, constructed in New York City.

Today we mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and yet in many ways it still feels like yesterday. What began as a beautiful, promising Tuesday morning in the early fall of 2001 quickly turned into an unfathomable day of horror as two high-jacked planes flew into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center.

Planes then crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  More than 2,000 people died on that day.

However, we can never remember September 11th 2001, for its darkness alone.   It will also be remembered for the true heroism of America’s Finest: police officers and firefighters that rushed into those buildings to save as many lives as they could.

I heard it said once: “Courage is running up the steps when the building is falling down.”

It couldn’t have been more clear that day as we lost hundreds of heroes, who saved countless others before they gave their lives.

Another look at One World Trade Center, formerly Freedom Tower, in New York City.

Freedom was attacked on that day, but it still stands. In fact it stands higher and mightier than ever before in New York City with One World Trade Center soaring past that great skyline.

I had the honor of seeing the building progress last month and snapped these pictures.  It is also a stunning homage to those who died on that horrific day and a great tribute to a proud nation.

We must never forget.  Not on this day, or any other.

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