In 2001, America was changed forever when four hijacked planes crashed into three separate areas, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks shocked and horrified the nation. In the weeks and months after the tragic event, America united in solidarity to mourn for the victims. Reactions and messages of support came from around the world, with one thing in common: We are all Americans.
In the days after September 11th, the American flag became even more symbolic. One of the most significant photos after the attacks were of three firemen raising a flag at Ground Zero. You may recall seeing flags flying on not just houses, but on car windows or antennas, and people wearing flag pins on their lapels. Stores ran out of flags, with a demand for more. Flag makers had to work even longer and harder in order to keep up. Some people even wore the flag, emblazoned on their shirts or on hats.
While nearly 20 years have passed since the horrific events of that day with the Pentagon rebuilt along with a new World Trade Center tower, but the pain of the attacks are still felt deeply. Memorials where the attacks happened now stand, where one can come to pay their respects. The flags are still flying high, even though they are flown and displayed less often than they were in the days following the attack. Americans commemorated the fallen and showed strength during a tough time in the nation by displaying their flag, reminding everyone else that they would not be brought down.
We Will Never Forget.