Adair County residents pause to remember 9/11

Residents in Adair County stopped what they were doing on this day, 16 years later, to remember the countless lives lost. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

This Monday morning, winds were calm and the sky was blue with few clouds - almost identical to the weather on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

Residents in Adair County stopped what they were doing on this day, 16 years later, to remember the countless lives lost.

On that fateful morning, nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Six thousand others were injured.

9/11 was the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States.

Lieutenant Chris Anderson of A.T. Still University, spoke on the bravery of those men and women that chose to run into the face of danger.

"Did you know of the 2,997 people killed, 412 were first responders? That means these were brave firefighters, policemen and EMTs who decided to go up in the flames and save people's lives."

Many remember exactly what they were doing on that September day - the day when the New York City skyline was forever changed, a simple field became a sacred piece of land and when the country united as one.

Lieutenant Anderson shared his vivid memory.

"I was 8 years-old. I remember walking down the stairs and my mom had the television on and she was dead silent. The news anchor was talking about how a plane just crashed into the World Trade Center and no one really knew why. As I was watching the television, I saw with my own two eyes, the second plane hit the World Trade Center and I was in shock. I remember the news anchor saying this is not an accident. We are being attacked."

At 9:37, the same morning, another attack was carried out, this time at the Pentagon.

While many first responders ran towards the events unfolding to help, September 11 also showed that you don't have to wear a uniform in order to be considered a hero.

On United Airlines Flight 93, passengers and crew members revolted against the terrorists.

It's believed that plane was headed for the Capitol.

However, because of those brave men and women, that plane never reached its intended target.

With the final words of "let's roll," Flight 93 instead crashed into a field in Stoneycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

"They could have done nothing. If they had done nothing, evil would have prospered. But, they were brave. They were courageous. They stood up to evil and their American spirit stood strong that day. Their deaths were not in vain."

Lieutenant Jason Ross, a student at A.T. Still University and an Officer in the United States Air Force said it best that when although the events of September 11 forever changed the course of American history, the country was brought closer together as a result.

"Tragedy seems to strip us of the labels we use to separate ourselves and express our core nature. American's flew the flag higher and demonstrated an increase in neighborly kindness and goodwill."

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