This is a reminder to our Bullock County citizens to review the terrorist attacks on our country on 9/11 in 2001. At 8:46 a.m. on that day the Trade Center in New York City, the largest city in America, was hit by the first of two terrorist-piloted airplanes.

Hijacked airplanes crashed in New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon, the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

Nearly 3,000 people died in those attacks. Others died from exposure to toxins, respiratory ailments, post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses.

About 38,000 people have applied for a compensation fund and over $3.9 billion in claims have been approved. Building continues. A subway station destroyed on 9/11 reopened its doors.

A 80-story 3 World trade Center reopened its doors. There have been several rebuilt office towers or planned at this site.

After 17 years there are still annual 9/11 commemoration ceremonies at "ground zero".

Political candidates are asked not to campaign on that day, and they are barred from reading names of the dead or delivering remarks at the ceremony. Names are read by victims' loved ones.

These 9/11 attacks demonstrate the the ever-present threat of terrorism. This September 11, 2018 the annual ceremony in New York City was attended by thousands of 9/11 victims; relatives, survivors, rescuers and others. They gathered at the memorial plaza where the twin towers once stood.

The ceremony began with a moment of silence and a tolling of bells.

Signs with photos of loved ones were held high. Personal messages of remembrance and inspiration were spoken.

Names of the victims were read. Hours later, two powerful light beams soared into the sky from lower Manhattan in the annual "Tribute in Light".

From New York City, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania flew to Pennsylvania to join the observance in a field where a hijacked plane crashed on 9/11.

Vice-President Mike Pence left New York City to fly to a ceremony at the Pentagon where another plane crashed on 9/11.

This day of remembering should cause us to appreciate the "first responders" in our own Bullock County---law enforcement, firefighters and the medical folks.

There are reports given at a City Council meeting each month from law enforcement and firefighters.

Sincerely,

Faye Gaston

Union Springs, Alabama

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