September 11: We will never forget
It is 19 years since the September 11 attacks at the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon and resulted in 2 977 fatalities, over 25 000 injuries and substantial long-term health consequences for the survivors including PTSD since that fateful day. 11 September 2001, the day four US passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 terrorists. Two of the aircraft, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Centre complex in Lower Manhattan. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-storey towers collapsed. Debris and the resulting fires caused a partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Centre complex, including the 47-storey 7 World Trade Centre tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the US Department of Defence, in Arlington County, Virginia that led to a partial collapse of the building's west side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was initially flown toward Washington DC but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania, after passengers thwarted the hijackers.
Most people remember exactly what they were doing on that Tuesday morning, 11 September 2001. It is a day edged in the memories of first responders, their families and friends for a lifetime and beyond. On 11 September 2020, we will commemorate the fallen, not only in the US and locally here in South Africa but throughout the world. The Brotherhood knows no borders.
Please send us your commemoration photos and videos so we can share this remembrance of those who paid the highest price. May they rest in peace and live forever in our memories. We will never forget.
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“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honour those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.” ~ US President Barack Obama
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