Today marks the start of a new year and let's hope the year is filled with the peace that mostly eluded the world in 2001. If there is one thing we are tired of, it is bloodshed, and 2001 was marked with violence throughout the world.
As we celebrate the start of a new year and pray for a better future, we should reflect on the year that was — a year that will forever change America and the world.
The year 2001 will be remembered for one horrible day that has simply become known as 9-11. That was the day terrorists boarded four airliners and took the lives of thousands of people — with two jets striking the World Trade Center, a third hitting the Pentagon and the fourth crashing in a field in Pennsylvania.
In mere moments Americans discovered we are not quite as safe from the violence facing the rest of the world as we thought we were. On that day we were knocked to our knees in a way we had not been for 60 years.