A moment of silence today, please

For many Americans of age in 2001, Sept. 11 will always be that date each year when we relive those awful visions of destruction of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a farm field in Pennsylvania.

We remember photos of those who lost their lives that day … photos placed by their loved ones on fences, kiosks, light poles … anywhere the world could see them.

We remember that feeling of emptiness and disbelief.

We remember the days and days of emergency responders sifting through the wreckage.

We remember how our beloved national symbol — the American flag — took on renewed meaning and value as it flew over the twisted metal, concrete and steel at all three hallowed sites.

Today is Patriots Day, an annual observance to remember those lost and injured during the terrorist attacks that morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

It was a wake-up call to the evil that exists in this world.

Please observe a moment of silence today because many people will starting at 8:46 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the moment the first plane, American Airlines 11, hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Always remember.

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