On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaida hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and changed this nations tolerance of extremist activities.
Today, as we recall the tragic events of 911 and reminisce of the day when the United States was under attack, we also remember our heroes of that moment. Those who demonstrated love of country by sacrifice, and those with unyielding purpose to rescue as many people as they could on 911 and after. Their actions displayed to all of us that love of country is real and their people who still believe in our civility and brotherhood as a nation. On that day we were left at ground zero, but out of the ashes we elevated Tower One. For me, 911 will always be a day of patriotism and a real demonstration of what is best about our resolve as humans and Americans. As an organization full of first responders, full of public servants within the government, our careers give us the privilege to leap into action and help our fellow citizens. As FEW ascends by “Soaring to New Heights,” we acknowledged the solemn moments of 911. That day we loss some of our bravest heroes and they literally went into burning building and fought on planes to save other people lives, but FEW also recollect the acts of service upon which we stand, whether voluntary or involuntary, to form a more perfect union. FEW shall never forget their sacrifice.