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Published on Sep 11, 2011
On September 11, 2001, the United States was hit by a number of terrorist attacks using commercial airplanes carrying innocent civilians.
Targeted were the World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon, and possibly Washington, D.C. While the terrorists were successful in attacking the Pentagon, they were not so for D.C. The passengers of the United Airlines Flight 93 thwarted the terrorists' plot to reach Washington, D.C., but unfortunately were not able to recover the airplane in time before the plane crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 lives of civilians were lost. Millions of more Americans across the United States were affected to various extents by this unexpected tragedy, including me.
We will never forget the cruel attacks against us, and we will never let the attacks diminish our spirits or overwhelm us with fear. Yet, we should also not let these attacks divide us. Because of the September 11 attacks, many innocent American Muslims and Middle-Easterns are often targeted for reprisals which is very understandable because we all feel that deep-seated anger within us on those who initiated these attacks. However, one must be reminded that not all Muslims, Middle-Easterns, or Southwestern Asians are violent. I have a few great friends and classmates who happen to be of these origins and they just wanted to live a normal life and help contribute for the good of the American society and the American Dream.
This performance of the "Star-Spangled Banner" is a tribute to the many innocent and devoted lives lost in the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Popular Portion of the Star-Spangled Banner Lyrics:
"Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"