Indianapolis—People worldwide are remembering what happened 10 years ago today, when terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Shanksville, PA.
After a moment of silence, the President gave brief remarks this morning at Ground Zero in New York City. Then the names of those who died that day were read.
Two beams from the twin towers in New York were brought to Indiana months ago. This morning, they stand along the Canalwalk in downtown Indianapolis.
Today at 4 p.m., Greg Hess, the man who organized getting the beams, will speak at a dedication ceremony. Governor Daniels and Mayor Ballard will also attend the ceremony.
The Indianapolis memorial site is next to a Fire Station on West Ohio Street, in remembrance of the firefighters who ran into those buildings that day and gave their lives to save others. Police and other emergency personnel also gave the ultimate sacrifice. Even ordinary citizens jumped in to help search for people trapped in those buildings.
Immediately after the shock of what happened that day, generous people worldwide either showed up to help or sent aid. That generosity continues even now in the name of mankind.
In the 10 years since September 11, 2001, memorials have been built in all 50 States, including at the attack sites.
While America was taken by surprise 10 years ago, today, we are stronger as a nation.