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Twenty-one years ago on September 11, 2001, our nation experienced the largest terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Across the country, people watched as the World Trade Center crumbled, a flight to Washington D.C. was hijacked and flown into the Pentagon, and as 44 innocent people perished in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. That same day, I lost my brother, firefighter Stephen Siller. In total, 2,977 human beings perished at the hands of hatred.
To this day, many are still haunted by the tragedy of 9/11. Those who are suffering from post-9/11 related illness, the 7,000 military families who have lost loved ones fighting the war on terror, and families like mine, whose loved ones answered the call as first responders on September 11. We are all still coping with the devastation of that fateful day.
It is important to recognize that the heroism that was exhibited on that day was nothing short of incredible. As we reflect on the 21 years that have passed since September 11th, 2001, we must remember the incredible sacrifices made by ordinary people who died as heroes.
We remember Gene Raggio, a Port