September 11, 2001, and the many days to follow, demonstrated the full strength and bravery of the American people and proved that our spirit here in America, will never be broken.

Seventeen years ago, we experienced the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil in our history. Thousands of Americans – mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons, and daughters – lost their lives in that attack on American liberty. We will never forget those we lost in the attack or those who sacrificed their lives to serve others. September 11, 2001, and the many days to follow, demonstrated the full strength and bravery of the American people and proved that our spirit here in America, will never be broken.

17 years ago, America lost its soul when 19 militants hijacked 4 airliners that resulted in 2,977 innocent people being killed.

At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the WTC in New York which collapsed at 10:28 am.

At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower which collapsed at 9:59 am.

At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon killing 125 military personal and civilians along with the 59 passengers and crew members.

At 10:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania killing the 40 passengers and crew members.

2,753 people were killed in the attacks at the WTC, including 343 Firefighters, 23 NYPD Officers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers.

Although the cowardly attacks on America 17 years ago disrupted the lives’ of so many people, caused chaos and confusion, and cost billions and billions of dollars, it did not destroy America.

Our elected officials didn’t make it political or point fingers blaming each other but instead they came together and worked together for the greater good of all Americans.

Color did not matter on 9/11/01. We United, as ONE as Americans.

As horrible as those attacks were, the one good thing that came out was that everyone loved one another and took care of each other for some time after the attacks.

I would like to remind all our Ascension Parish Residents and our surrounding friends to go out and do something good for someone today. Be nice to one another, spread love, tolerate difference and look out for one another.

Never Forget and God Bless America.

Chairman/Chief James E. LeBlanc

Ascension Parish Fire Dist. #1

September 11, 2018