Today we pause to remember the 2,978 victim lives lost sixteen years ago. In addition, over 6,000 others were injured, many serious and often forgotten about. Pause to remember them too. And further, 300 million of us in the U.S. will recall exactly where we were and what we were doing on this day in 2001. Those born just after this act of war are juniors in high school now, and have read about this in our history books. On what became the most tragic day in U.S. history, we were all affected by the events that unfolded, and some of you were directly affected by loss of family, friends and loved ones. For many of you at UnidenHosting.com, LLC, especially myself these actions likely began a chain of events that led to helping secure U.S. government personnel and critical infrastructure around the world. One of the many reasons I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.
Our country and our world has not been the same since. The Transportation Security Act was borne in response to the four passenger airliners operated by United and American Airlines. These four airliners were hijacked and used as weapons of mass murder in a coordinated suicide aimed at terrorizing the U.S. by attacking our World Trade Center, Pentagon and possibly White House. This action was also the single deadliest incident in U.S. history for our law enforcement officers and firefighters. Over 400 of them were killed on this day. These first responders walk amongst us daily and are the real Superheroes, and those past and present should be recognized in our pause.
So today, on the anniversary of 9/11, I would like us all to remember our colleagues who gave their lives fighting the war on terror and supporting the U.S. mission at home and overseas, and especially those who continue to put themselves in harm’s way each and every day to make our world a little better.
We will never forget.
Johnny Willis, CEO