The Significance of September 11

It has been 16 years since the tragedy that shook America and threatened the roots of our liberty and freedom. While many remember that day clearly and where they were, the class of 2021 has been the first group to go through Rockhurst that was born after 9/11. 9/11 might not technically be important to them, for they only experienced the the aftermath, not the actual event. Thus the question must be asked, “Is 9/11 still important?”

The September 11, 2001 attacks were the first attacks on American soil since Pearl Harbor in 1941. A total of 2993 died and 8900 people were injured in the act of terror in 2001 which led to two planes crashing into the twin towers in New York City. The event united the American people against an enemy across the sea and led to militant action in the Middle East in an attempt to find the perpetrators of the attack. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were placed on the ground in Afghanistan after the declaration of war on September 18, 2001. Troops are still on the ground in Afghanistan, in the longest war in American history. Despite the orchestrator of the attack, Osama Bin Laden, having been killed in 2011, American troops still remain across the ocean.

The 9/11 attacks have had a massive impact on the American people. After the attack, airports were closed, and the government was shut down. In response, security tightened exponentially not only in airports, but also around executive members of the government. The government also created the Department of Homeland Security in order to monitor potential terror attacks on American soil and to protect the American people. The government also created the Transportation Security Administration that November, whose job it was to ensure safety in airports as to not allow such incidents to happen again.

There was also an almost significant impact on general society as well. The attacks united all the people of America under a banner of patriotism. Many families were impacted by the deaths and injuries of those in the attack, and they received massive amounts of support and sympathy. Many families were also affected by the following War in Afghanistan, in which families were broken up and split. Security in airports also increased, which affects American travelers.

The September 11 attacks also have left their mark upon Rockhurst. Some may have had relatives or friends who were lost or injured in the attacks that took many American lives. Many Rockhurst members might also know those who were sent off to Afghanistan to serve. The attacks have deeply impacted Rockhurst, allowing the community to once again unite on September 11 each year in order to grieve and mourn the tragic event.

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