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(Did You Remember?)

Has it really been 16 years?  Do you remember where you were and what you were doing when you heard about the attack on American soil?  That would have been September 11, 2001.

On that infamous day, there were actually 4 coordinated terrorists attacks by the Islamic terrorist group "al-Queda".  That Tuesday morning these attacks killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage.



Four passenger airliners operated by United Airlines and American Airlines all departed from airports in the northeastern United States bound for California.  They were hijacked by 19 al-Queda terrorists.  Beginning at 8:46 a.m., two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed in the North and South towers respectively of the World Trade Center complex in New York City.  Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed.



A third plane, American Airline Flight  77 was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington county Virginia.  The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, initially was steered toward Washington, D.C. but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

"9/11" was the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.

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Andy Card (Chief of Staff) whispers the 9/11 news into the ear of
(then) President George Bush while the president was reading a
story to 7 - 8 year-olds in Florida.



Now, you've re-enacted the day in your minds.  But did you remember to fly your flags on Tuesday in respect of all those that lost their lives that day?


September 17, 2017
"You're a Grand Old Flag" is an American patriotic march. The song, a spirited march written by George M. Cohan, is a tribute to the American flag. In addition to obvious references to the flag, it incorporates snippets of other popular songs, including one of his own. Cohan wrote it in 1906 for George Washington, Jr., his stage musical.

"You're a Grand Old Flag" was used in a major production number in Cohan's 1942 film biography, Yankee Doodle Dandy sung by and starring James Cagney.

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