A Moment to Reflect on the 9/11 Attacks 20 Years Later

The Sabine Parish Journal would like to take this opportunity to make sure that the promise to “never forget” the 2,977 American lives lost in the Twin Towers is honored on the 20th anniversary of the tragic event. 

Twenty years have passed since the attacks on September 11, 2001, an event that would devastate a nation and change the course of history forever. Even amidst unparalleled destruction and violence, the days after 9/11 showed the incredible strength, resilience, and courage of the American people. It is this spirit that the National Archives and the National Archives Foundation will commemorate during the 20th anniversary, with virtual programming that will be accessible live to viewers across the country. 

“The day America lost its innocence––September 11, 2001––is forever etched in my memory. On a management retreat with my Duke Libraries senior staff, we watched as the second plane hit and then the collapse of the towers. Stunned silence, shock, tears, and the realization that we, at last, were as vulnerable as the rest of the world,” Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero said. “It is important that we, the holders of the Federal Government records documenting this event, pause and remember.”

On Friday, September 10, at 5:30 pm, viewers can tune in to watch “A Life of Service, Sacrifice, and Civic Engagement,” which honors the immigrant story through the heroic actions of COL Cyril “Rick” Rescorla at the Twin Towers on that fateful day. Though Rescorla perished during the attacks, he is credited with saving the lives of 2,700 of his fellow Morgan Stanely employees. Megan Jones from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum moderates a panel featuring Conrad Crane, US Army Heritage and Education Center; Lissa Young, United States Military Academy; and Jenna Ryall, New York City Department of Education. 

“Most Americans remember exactly where they were at the time of the 9/11 attacks. It is hard to believe we are reflecting upon it 20 years later,” said Patrick Madden, Executive Director of the National Archives Foundation. “Though we are marking the anniversary of one of the worst days in American history, this programming celebrates the best of America: our empathy for our fellow citizens and strength in the face of tragedy.” 

In addition to live programming, the Archives will virtually display featured documents related to the event. Viewers can access Rick Rescorla’s naturalization and military records online via our DocsTeach platform, including resources and lesson plans for educators to bring COL Rescorla’s heroic story into their classroom. The Archives will also feature a virtual display of children’s letters to the Red Cross and other first responders, whose selflessness and bravery on that day saved thousands and inspired people around the world.

The National Archives’ commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Maggie & Robert Boroujerdi.

SOURCE: archives.gov

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