September is 9/11 Survivor Support Month

Since Pearl Harbor, the United States had not been attacked within its borders. That all changed on September 11, 2001 when 19 hijackers commandeered four planes and used them as weapons. Three of the four hit their targets; the fourth was downed through the brave actions of the crew and passengers.

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This wall, which stands at the 9/11 Memorial Museum, commemorates all  who perished in the attacks. It reminds all visitors that America Will Never Forget. Every tile on the wall is a different shade or pigment of blue to represent each individual's uniqueness.
Twenty-one years after the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks, the Foundation still supports organizations dedicated to providing long-term
support for victim's families, responders and survivors and other organizations that help communities be prepared for disasters.
Related charitable organizations: National September 9/11 Memorial and Museum, VOICES Center for Resilience, Pentagon Memorial Fund, Friends of Flight 93 and National Park Foundation (Flight 93 Memorial).
For this month's theme, the Foundation is spotlighting, first, the memorials dedicated to each site that was attacked that Tuesday in September as a way to remember all those who perished and to keep alive what was often said then: We Will Never Forget.
The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. This memorial was the first to be dedicated, which took place on September 11, 2008. It captures "a specific moment in time: 9:37 a.m. on September 11, 2001 when 184 souls were lost." 64 people were killed on the plane that attacked the Pentagon and 125 inside the Pentagon that morning were lost. The memorial contains 184 cantilevered benches, each engraved with a victim's name which arches over a shallow, lighted pool of flowing water. The benches for the airplane passengers who lost their lives face the sky so when a visitor is viewing the victim's name it is against the backdrop of the sky. Those benches dedicated to the victims inside the building have the victim's name and the Pentagon in the same view.
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The 9/11 Memorial. This memorial was the second to be dedicated, which was on  September 11, 2011, and it sits where the Twin Towers stood. The North Pool sits in the footprint of World Trade Center North and has inscribed on it the names of those lost in the North Tower on 9/11/2001, on Flight 11 and the victims from the February 26, 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center.

The South Pool sits in the footprint of World Trade Center South and has inscribed on it the names of those lost in the South Tower that day, First Responders, Flight 175, the Pentagon and Flights 77 and 93.
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"Our enemies have made the mistake that America's enemies always make: They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness."                                                                                                  -President George W. Bush
"I may never know the answers to the questions that plagued me after 9/11. But I know if we lean on God and each other we will be guided to a better, brighter future".                                                  
                                                                - Michael Hingson, 9/11 Survivor
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"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
"You can be sure that the American spirit will prevail over this tragedy".   

"The one thing the terrorists cannot do ... not one of them ... not 10,000 of them ... they can't change who we are". 
                                      
                        -General Colin Powell, Secretary of State on 9/11/2001
9/11/2001 was "The day that lives were lost so that other lives were saved. And heroes were made over the skies of Shanksville".
                                                 
-Tom Ridge, who became the First Secretary of the Homeland  Security Department, created after 9/11

The Flight 93 National Memorial. The third memorial to be dedicated was this one in Shanksville, PA, on September 10, 2011, with the boulder, below, top right, marking the site of the crash. In 2015, on September 10th, a concrete and glass visitor center was opened, situated on a hill overlooking the crash site, along with the white marble Wall of Names, below, top left. In 2017, construction of the Tower of Voices began, bottom, left. This tower contains 40 wind chimes, one for each passenger and crew member who perished in the crash. The Tower of Voices is the largest such structure ever built. It is 93 feet high and the size of the chimes varies in length and tonalities to represent each of the individual passenger and crew members who were lost that day. In September of 2020, the Tower of Chimes, below, right, was finished, having been dedicated on September 9, 2018.

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Never Forget...
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Images, Left, Down: Rescue workers putting up a flag at the WTC site; Aerial of the Pentagon after attack; Workers placing a flag on a Pentagon wall; The Wall of Names at Flight 93 National Memorial;
Images, Right, Down: the World Trade Center, FDNY Ladder 3, the Pentagon on fire; the field in Shanksville where the passengers overpowered the hijackers