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Editorial: A day to remember on 9/11

It has been 12 years since that fateful morning of 9/11 when terrorists flew commercial jetliners into sites in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

At the end of the day, more than 3,000 Americans and visitors were dead and America was in shock.

From the shattered glass, twisted steel and clouds of dust, America and its spirit arose again, unified and resolute.

President Obama has asked America to observe a moment of silence at 7:46 a.m. CDT today, the moment when the first airliner crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower.

Americans are also asked to fly the U.S. flag at half staff on this National Day of Service and Remembrance of Sept. 11.

For those who lived through 9/11, the day is etched in their memory for their lifetime.

Much has changed since 9/11.

More than half of the K-12 student population have no memory of 9/11, other than what they have learned from history books and other media.

This country has had two wars and two different presidents since 9/11.

Now this September, America is debating the threat of Syria and what to do about its recent use of chemical weapons.

America must remember the dangers of this day, as some consider 9/11 a day of worship for the terrorists who committed the attacks. It remains a day to target U.S. sites around the world.

The day of 9/11 is both a day to remember those we lost and a day of resolve to make the U.S. a better place through service.