September 11th has become known as Patriot Day, a day for remembering all those who were impacted, injured, or who lost their lives during the tragic terrorist attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

(Note: Patriot Day is different from Patriots’ Day, a holiday observed in both Massachusetts & Maine on the third Monday of April to commemorate the battles of Lexington and Concord fought near Boston in 1775.)

The events of that fateful September morning left an indelible imprint in the hearts and minds of our nation’s citizens. Nearly every nation was impacted that day. In many ways, the whole world will never be the same.

Amidst the heart-wrenching stories that emerged from 9/11, there also emerged stories of great heroism: the valiant firemen, policemen, rescue workers and citizens who rushed to rescue the victims, many of them losing their own lives in the process of trying to save others. Although the fates of many were sealed as the towers collapsed, rescue workers labored for days in the faint hope of finding some of their brethren alive beneath the chaos and rubble. The passengers on Flight 93 made a conscious decision to give their lives in a crashing plane in order to spare the lives of many.

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