An entire generation has been born, grown up, and finished high school in the 19 years since America’s innocent comfort zone was rocked on Sept. 11, 2001.
Airplanes flown into landmarks, and one into the ground when passengers fought back, brought the death toll to 2,977. Never forget that somber figure from the first battle of the war on terror.
Thousands of Americans have died since then in Afghanistan and Iraq in struggles that have mostly receded from public consciousness, although we still have plenty of troops there.
The 9-11 toll surpassed the final Pearl Harbor figure of 2,400 Americans and we all swore then never to forget the images of the Twin Towers collapsing; the desperate searches through the rubble; the fires, the funerals, the speeches, the feelings of loss and of unity and resolve.
Nineteen years later our world has been rocked in many other ways, including this year by the all-encompassing and dazing COVID-19 pandemic, now accounting for more than 180,00...
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