On this day, 19 years ago, a shock wave was felt around the world.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, the United States fell under fire by terrorists who hijacked four passenger airliners. The once tall and majestic Twin Towers of New York City crumbled to dust and a portion of the Pentagon went up in flames. Any and all sense of security was ripped out from under the American people. The traumatic chain of events changed the course of life across the country, and it still impacts today’s society.
In the years following the hardships and tragedies of 9/11, the patriotism of many Americans remains strong and unwavering. One Chattanooga local and United States Army veteran, Shawn Tobin, has been walking eight to ten miles nearly every day for the past ten weeks. He carries an American flag for the entire duration of his walks to show solidarity with the US Army.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s ROTC program also exhibited patriotism during their 9/11 Memorial Walk. Participants carried flags through campus and across Walnut Street.Bridge to honor the 2,996 American lives lost on 9/11.
New York City and the rest of the country have overcome the unthinkable, and will continue to grow from the trials and tribulations of the unforeseen future.