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This day needs no explanation. Americans know what happened on September 11 seventeen years ago:

Four terrorist-controlled planes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and into a field in Somerset County, PA. In addition to the hijackers, almost 3,000 civilians lost their lives and over 6,000 suffered injuries. Among the fallen were over 400 emergency responders to the Twin Tower crashes.

Even seventeen years later, the victims suffer physical and psychological consequences of these terrorist attacks, both for the survivors and for the living relatives and friends of those who perished.

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Until September 11, 2001, America had not been attacked on her soil since the Pearl Harbor attack that resulted in almost as many deaths and that spurred the country into World War II.

In the craze of preparation for Hurricane Florence, which is projected to hit the area of the country where I live on Thursday or Friday, it’s been easy to forget 9/11.

Let us never forget.

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