Never forgetting the lessons that 9/11 taught us—the irreplaceable nature and priceless value of each human life

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation

Never forget.

Never forget that it was a gorgeous sunny September morning, filled with promise and possibility.

Never forget the co-worker who urged us to turn on the television amid a report that a plane had flown into New York’s storied World Trade Center.

Never forget the horror of seeing a second plane ram the skyscraper, and the sinking feeling that this was no accident.

Never forget the brave first responders, who raced into the Twin Towers in a valiant effort to save their fellow countrymen.  

Never forget a third plane crashing into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Never forget the sudden worry that in addition to the loss of life,  what landmark might be next–and whether the tragedy would deepen even wider.

Never forget the passenger heroes of Flight 93, who gave their lives to thwart another terror attack. Their plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania, and now a memorial stands in fitting tribute to them.

Never forget the frantic calls to family members to find out how they were dealing with the catastrophic loss of nearly 3,000 lives.

Never forget the sober reading each year of the names of the people who perished on that fateful day.

Never forget the lessons that 9/11 taught us—the irreplaceable nature of each human