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Remembrance of past and present heroes

Most of us, can still today, look back at the horrific events that marked this day in history. The feelings of disbelief as we watched the television broadcast, listened on the radio, and read in the newspapers about the attacks on our great country. That day, we came together, united as a country in thoughts and prayers as we watched our brothers and sisters fight for one another to save lives. This day should be a remembrance for everyone, to follow those same feelings to once again, reunite and help keep "America Great".

Today marks an attack on the United States of America on Sept. 11, 2001, when a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda caused 2,977 fatalities, over 250,000 injuries and substantial long-term health issues.

There was over $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. The immediate deaths included 265 on the flour planes, 2,606 in the World Trade Center in New York City (opened on April 4, 1973) and in the surrounding area, which collapsed at 10:28 a.m., and 1:25 at the Pentagon near Washington, D.C.

American Airlines Flight 11 was a domestic passenger flight that was hijacked by five al-Qaeda members, as part of the attack. Mohamed Atta deliberately crashed the plane into the North Tower of the Trade Center, killing 92 people aboard.

United Airlines Flight 175 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight, hijacked by another five al-Qaeda terrorists that deliberately crashed into the South Tower, killing 65 people aboard.

American Airlines Flight 77 was scheduled flight that was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, near Washington D.C., killing all 59 passengers aboard, including six crew members, the five hijackers and 125 people inside the building.

The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was a domestic flight hijacked by four al-Qaeda terrorists aboard. It crashed into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania during an attempt by the heroic passengers and crew to regain control. All 44 people aboard were killed, with no one on the ground injured.

This was the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the U.S. with 343 and 72 killed.

As our thoughts are towards those firefighters of the past that lost their lives, we now turn to those of the present as they are facing other deadly situations with wildfires in the Western states, with several deaths and hundreds of thousands evacuated.

In Oroville, California alone, people have been forced out of their homes as at least 23 people have died and hundreds of homes have been destroyed by more than 100 major fires that have consumed nearly 7,000 square miles. Authorities in Oregon say more than 500,000 people statewide have been forced to evacuate because of wildfires (over 10 percent of the states 4.2 million population).

"Other unprecedented weather conditions have also created emergency situations near wildfires throughout California, Oregon, Washington and other states," warns the National Fire Information Center. "Almost half of the large fires reported now have evacuation orders in place."

Several people have been critically burned and thousands more homes are being threatened as firefighters are struggling to keep them under control.

For now, prayers must be heard for better weather situations to help these people in need. Just as those words fell throughout the U.S. on 9.11, they too shall be heard today in remembrance of the fallen and also for those fighting still today throughout a different war zone situation.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537