The day we will never forget

Campbell Lester, Leopard Life Staff Writer

American citizens will always remember the tragic events of 9/11 caused by extremist Islamic terrorists who used our planes to attack us.

“Even though it was one of America’s darkest hours, we still banned together and got through it as one,” said Cole Faulkner, 8.

The Sept. 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated plane attacks.  The planes were hijacked and taken over by a group called Al Qaeda. 

“Those people are evil and cowardly for doing such a thing,” said Jason Shepard, WSMS substitute teacher.

The four plane crashes took America by surprise. After 9/11, no one walked around the streets for weeks.

“Our security got way more serious, and America as a whole just got paranoid,” said Chloe Smith, 7.

While everyone else was caught in the chaos of one of the most terrifying moments in U.S. history, people were putting others first and risking their own lives to save others. On the ground, there were firefighters and police who were getting people out of the buildings, the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia, cautiously and quickly. 

We are super grateful and blessed that those people were willing to do that. Our prayers are with their families,” said Carey Miller, 7th ELAR teacher.

Above ground, we had the brave people who sacrificed their lives to stop the fourth plane from crashing into the White House. The passengers were able to make calls and could be heard fighting for control with the hijackers.  

“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11,” said Barack Obama, former U.S. President.

9/11 is one of the darkest days in American history, but it’s also when we saw what America truly was.