Never forget. Seventeen years ago today, murderous terrorists changed our world.

Nothing has been the same since they piloted hijacked jetliners into bloody infamy, murdering nearly 3,000 men, women and children and injuring nearly 6,000 others as the planes they had hijacked crashed into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, the Pentagon and an empty field near Shankville, Pa.

In the ensuing years, the United States and its allies have spent untold blood and treasure in an attempt to make the world safe from those who would destroy us.

Today is a day for taking a breath, a day for remembering those who died on that bloody day. Americans will ring bells, pray for the lost, observe moments of silence, listen as the names of the dead from that fateful day are read aloud. We remember where we were and what we were doing on the fateful morning when everything changed.

Today, our war against terrorism – and against the very evil that spawns it – continues, but the world seems no safer than the fateful, bloody morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

Since then, thousands more Americans and others have died in Iraq and Afghanistan and in the back alleys and dark corners of the world battling the evil that gave us Sept. 11 and a new, more dangerous world.

In 2013, we wrote of that day: All these years later, America has changed. Security has become paramount. We have engaged in two wars, though the world seems less safe. Yet, this nation continues, unbeaten, thriving in the face of adversity. Despite it all, this nation has shown a resilience, a strength, a resolve since the cowardly attack on that chaotic day so long ago, that sets it apart. But it also has shown compassion and a willingness to share its dream of a better world.

Not much has changed and the fight goes on.

We must stand together as Americans to face any threat to our country and our children’s futures. An attack on any one of us, after all, is an attack on us all. God bless the innocents, the cops, the firefighters and the soldiers lost on or since that fateful day; and, God bless America.

Never forget.

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