By Marla Jones
FORT PAYNE, Ala.-- (Full Video on Southern Torch Facebook) On Monday, citizens gathered for a remembrance ceremony, at the DeKalb County Courthouse, to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the 9//11 attacks.
Twenty-one years, 2,977 lives were lost at Ground Zero in New York City, the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania in the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
Conspirators from the al-Qaida Muslim militant group took control of jets, hitting the trade center’s twin towers and the Pentagon. A plane that was headed toward Washington crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after crew members and passengers tried to storm the cockpit to regain control.
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the attack, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, is awaiting a long-postponed military tribunal.
Our nation banded together for weeks, and years after the attacks. We consoled one another and prayed for strength. Our nation saw a true sense of unity.
At the Remembrance Ceremony, the attendees were asked to remember the unity we all felt as a country following the terrorist attack and to take pride in our Nation.
Twenty-one years later, we keep the promise that we made “To Never Forget”.