Pledge to Remember 9/11 Victims And Their Families
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Sign the pledge honoring all of those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.
It was a clear September morning when American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11, collided into the World Trade Centers north tower in New York City immediately killing hundreds, and trapping hundreds more in the 110-story skyscraper.
Just 18 minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the south tower. Burning debris fell to the streets below along with the bodies of those who tried to escape by jumping out windows1.
Next, a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane, United Flight 93, crash-landed into a field in Pennsylvania killing all 40 on board.
By the time the World Trade Center towers collapsed into a terrifying and deadly inferno of rubble, the whole world was watching.
We all remember where we were when we first heard about the September 11th attacks on America. We recall our reactions, seeing the destruction on television, wondering how anyone could so brutally hurt so many people2.
Though the smoke has subsided and the dust has settled, the memories of the victims still remain.
Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives that day, from employees who worked in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, to innocent bystanders on the street, to brave policemen and women, firefighters, and paramedics who sacrificed everything to save those left in the rubble3.
Each day we must remember the victims, the families, and survivors dealing with loss, recognizing the lasting consequences of 9/11 on individual lives. In fact, 9/11 is still claiming victims, and tragically, it's the men and women who responded to the attack first, breathing in toxic dust from the decimated skyscrapers, who are now suffering the worst4.
About 40,000 people have conditions linked to 9/11, including thousands with respiratory illnesses and mental health issues.
We must never forget the victims of 9/11 victims. Sign the pledge honoring those who perished in the attacks as well as their families who still mourn them today. If you know someone who lost their life that day, honor them by putting their name in the comments section.
- Meredith Worthen, Biography (10 September 2020), "Remembering 9/11: A Day That Changed the World."
- Rachel Martin, NPR (11 September 2020), " Families Remember September 11 Attack Victims."
- Leslie Bonila, VOA (17 October 2020), "19 Years On, Does a Post-9/11 Generation Remember the Attacks?."
- Rachel Martin, NPR (11 September 2020), "9/11 Still Claiming Victims: 10,000 With Cancers, Thousands More With Other Illnesses."
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 affected all Americans then, and still do today. I am taking the 9/11 Pledge so that the importance of this date will never be forgotten.
I pledge to honor all those who lost their lives on 9/11.
I pledge to honor the families of the victims, those whose loved ones died as a result of the attacks.
I pledge to honor the brave and selfless actions of first responders and military who assisted in the aftermath.
I pledge to honor all those affected by serious disease as a result of being near Ground Zero or assisting in the recovery efforts on 9/11. I acknowledge that many have died, and many are yet struggling to live.
I pledge to Never Forget.