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9/11: A Time to Honor and Remember

Emma Harding, Editor

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Today marks the 17th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks in U.S. history that appalled the rest of the world.

17 years ago, on September 11 beginning around 9:00 am a series of four terror attacks took place in the United States. The biggest attacks consisting of 2 plane hijackings that ended terribly, crashing into the Twin Towers, ultimately leading to their downfall. The other events included an attack against the Pentagon and another plane hijacking that ended in Pennsylvania.

The perpetrator of these attacks was the Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Whose leader, Osama bin Laden, was later assassinated by U.S. forces for the harm he caused over many years.

It is important for us to remember those who lost their lives, who served, and those who still carry on today. Below is a list of statistics as a result from the 9/11 terror attacks.

  • Total number killed in attacks in New York: 2,753
  • Total number killed in attacks at the Pentagon: 189
  • Total number killed in attacks in Pennsylvania: 44
  • Number of survivors rescued from Ground Zero: 0
  • Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
  • Number of NYPD officers: 23
  • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
  • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
  • Total number of visitors to 9/11 Memorial Museum at Ground Zero: 37 million+ (since opening in 2011)

In efforts to honor and remember those who served and/or were affected by the attack, Forsyth Central’s DECA chapter handed out American flag lapel pins to every member and school administrator as well as faculty and staff members who have either served in our armed forces or have served as first responders in some capacity.

It’s important to NEVER FORGET what happened to those people who lost their lives, those people who fought to make it right again, and those people who came together in desperate time of need in order to feel whole again after having something taken from them so tragically.

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Emma Harding, Editor

My name is Emma Harding and I am a junior at Forsyth Central High School. I am sixteen going on seventeen and love being a part of the Central Scene. I’d have to say I’m quite the old soul who loves watching older classic movies (my favorite at the moment being “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), rummaging through record stores either for classic rock albums or taking it all the way back to 50’s rock n’ roll, and believing that chivalry is not dead. Not only am I a part of the Central Scene, but I have been on the Varsity Volleyball team as well as the Forsyth Central DECA Officer team for the past two years. All three of these aspects play a major part in my high school experience and have built me into the hard-working, independent person I am today. I’m excited to branch out into the community more along with learn more about what occurs at Forsyth Central in order to write and share all of it with you, the reader.

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