Sunday, Sept. 11, will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States that claimed more than 3,000 lives in New York City, at the Pentagon and in the fields outside of Shanksville, Pa. Nineteen hijackers intentionally crashed two airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and thousands of those working in the buildings. A third airliner was crashed into the Pentagon while the fourth was redirected toward Washington, D.C., targeting either the Capitol building or the White House, but crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. after passengers attempted to retake control of the airliner. There were no survivors.
Every American should make it his or her duty to display an American flag on this 10th anniversary of one our country's worst tragedies. We do this to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11/01, their families and friends who continue to endure the pain of their loss, and those who today are fighting to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have slowly disappeared. Our patriotism has pulled us through some tough times. It shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
The members of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 5 encourage you to once again fly, stake or hang an American flag on Sept. 11 and let the world know "we will never forget."