Today marks Patriot Day, a national day of service and remembrance that commemorates the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001, in which terrorists took the lives of nearly 3,000 people on American soil.
The Pentagon was one of those targets. When American Airlines Flight 77 hit the west wall of the building‘s first floor, it set off a chain of events that killed 125 people inside – most of whom were Army and Navy service members and employees – along with the 64 people onboard the Boeing 757. In New York, 17 Marine reservists were among the firefighters killed as the World Trade Centers collapsed.
That day was 16 years ago, but it’s one that changed life for everyone in America, as well as many across the globe. It’s what propelled many to join the military, go into civil service or just be inspired to do more for their country.
We’ve all seen photos of the devastation from that day, but here are a few lesser-seen images. While some aren’t as iconic as others you’ve seen over the years, they’re impactful just the same:
Deployment may be signal that Trump administration will give Pentagon more flexibility in calling shots in fight Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–March 9, 2017 By: Nadia Prupis, staff writer “The Marines on the ground include part of an READ MORE
Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–September 11, 2017 By: Cheryl Pellerin During a Pentagon remembrance today on the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps READ MORE
“Our report should never have been read as an exoneration of Saudi Arabia.” by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer Portland, ME-(ENEWSPF)- Revealing serious fractures within the 9/11 Commission, a former member of that panel has called for READ MORE