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9/11: The day America had forever changed

September 11, 2012 marks the 11th anniversary 9/11, the worst terrorist attack to have ever taken place on U.S. soil, and it's the day that our way of life had forever been changed.

World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001

On September 11, 2001, four airliners were hijacked, two slammed into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon, the target of the fourth jet was the United States Capitol building, but it crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania as passengers stopped the terrorists from carrying out their plan.

More than 3000 people were killed that day on U.S. soil, including the 19 hijackers who were mostly from Saudi Arabia. And the man responsible for the attack, Osama Bin Laden, a Saudi, was finally killed last year by U.S. Navy Seal Team 6 on May 2, 2011 in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he had taken refuge.

In a Presidential Proclamation today, President Barack Obama has proclaimed the 11th anniversary date of September 11, 2001 as “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance 2012.”

"Today, as we remember the victims, their families, and the heroes who stood up during one of our country's darkest moments, I invite all Americans to reclaim that abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead. From volunteering with a faith-based organization, to collecting food and clothing for those in need, to preparing care packages for our men and women in uniform, there are many ways to bring service into our everyday lives -- and each of us can do something. To get involved and find a local service opportunity, visit, or for Spanish speakers."

"Even the simplest act of kindness can be a way to honor those we have lost, and to help build stronger communities and a more resilient Nation. By joining together on this solemn anniversary, let us show that America's sense of common purpose need not be a fleeting moment, but a lasting virtue -- not just on one day, but every day."

We remember those that had died on that horrific day, and honor those that have served and those who are currently serving to protect our nation abroad.

Soon after the attacks, America went war. Afghanistan, which had been a haven for the terrorist organization called al-Qaeda, which means “The Base”, was controlled by Muslim fundamentalists called the Taliban. Former President Bush gave the Taliban an ultimatum; turn over Osama bin Laden or face a military attack.

As tomorrow marks the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks here in the United States, this year also marks the 11th year that we have been at war in Afghanistan, now the longest war in American history.

After the attacks on September 11, 2001, the vast majority of Americans, including this writer, wanted those responsible held accountable and brought to justice.

Our enemies now know that we will never stop hunting those that would do us harm, and American citizens now know the costs. Those costs come in the forms of human life, curbing civil liberties and the cost in terms of dollars. And our political leaders must never be allowed to forget those costs.

Our American way of life has been forever changed, and not in a good way, as all Americans continue to pay those costs since that horrendous day.

This weekend’s weekly address by President Obama is about September 11th and the video is posted with this article.

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