“Where were you when the world stopped turnin’ on that September day?”

That is the opening line of the poignant song penned by country music superstar Alan Jackson shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. That’s when Al-Qaeda targeted the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol in a series of heinous, but well-orchestrated, suicide airplane attacks on key targets in our great country.

Getting back to the question, where were you when the world stopped turning? If you are age 18 or younger, you were not even born in 2001 and you learned about it history books. For those in their early 20s, you likely don’t remember much as you were far too young.

For anyone older, it’s one of those historic moments that you remember exactly where you were at the time. In the EagleHerald newsroom, we were shocked as Associated Press bulletins filtered in about the country under attack. We huddled around a small television watching dramatic, tense history unfold before our very eyes. How could this be happening?

It was a sad day.

Out on the street, you could see the look of fear and dismay of everyday citizens. People lined up to buy gas as there was a fear that fuel prices were going to soar because of the attacks.

Nearly 3,000 Americans died in the attacks and another 25,000 were injured. It was a tragic day in American history.

While it was a tragic day in our history, it also was a day that epitomized the great resolve and fearlessness of our citizens. The photos and videos of firefighters, police and rescue personnel running into the World Trade Center as people were running out are ingrained in our minds. The bravery of those men and women cannot be underscored.

So here we are, 19 years later. Our country has faced plenty in the last two decades. Fires, hurricanes, overseas threats and now a worldwide pandemic.

We also have killed some of the top leaders of Al-Qaeda. But rest assured, there are terrorist groups out there and they may be plotting something at this moment. It is so important for our national government not to let its guard down. We firmly believe that whatever party is in office, it should be taking terrorism seriously. And that’s very important.

We encourage citizens to never forget about 9/11. Let’s learn from it. Let’s be better and let’s be proud of our great nation.