"One of the worst days in America’s history saw some of the bravest acts in Americans’ history. We’ll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice.”
—President George W. Bush, 2008
"Today the images that people around the world equate with power and democracy are gone but 'America' is not an image it is a concept. That concept is only strengthened by our pulling together as a team. If you want to kill us, leave us alone because we will do it by ourselves. If you want to make us stronger, attack and we unite." –Adam Mayblum, World Trade Center survivor
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” —Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl
Eighteen years ago, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda, hijacked four airplanes carrying out the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in United States history.
Eighteen years ago, two planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon outside of Washington D.C., and a fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville Pensylvania.
Eighteen years ago, nearly 3,000 individuals lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. 2,763 after two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, 189 after the third plane crashed into the Pentagon and 44 once the fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania. These numbers include 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.
Today, we resiliently come together to honor and remember those who lost their lives and thank our first responders for their bravery during one of our nation's darkest hours.
Each of us reflects on the tragic events that took place on September 11, 2001.
This day eighteen years ago, is one that we, as a nation, will never forget.
Below are a few events taking place in and around central Florida to ruminate and commemorate 9/11.
Valencia College- 9/11 First Responders Memorial
Orlando Fire Department- September 11th Remembrance Ceremony
The Mount Dora Fire Department - Inaugural 9/11 Walk
Rotary Club of Orlando- Bill Russel: 9/11 Remembered