WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On September 11, 2001, hijackers from the al-Qaeda terrorist group crashed three airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. A fourth airplane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers tried to take back control of the plane from the terrorist hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed and another 6,000 were injured in the attacks.
"We will remember, and our prayers, comfort and appreciation must exist for as long as our country shall exist. This is the legacy of 9/11 that we must pass down through the generations — the heroism, the resilience that are the soul of our nation," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stated.
US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan noted the best way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, is to talk about them.
"That is how all of them and all of us can mark this anniversary. We can tell the stories. We need to pray for the fallen and in this small but meaningful way, we can begin to understand the pain and the promise of this great nation," Ryan noted.