National Guard Remembers 9/11

Today, marks the 16th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the U.S.  Today, the DC National Guard recognized the solemn occasion to honor and remember those killed. The theme of the service was, “To Remember, Reflect, and Renew,” and honored the memory of the nearly 3,000 American victims and the first responders who risked their lives to save others. The service also honored the members of the D.C. National Guard who lost their lives in the ensuing war, as well as the thousands who survived and all who demonstrated extraordinary acts of bravery, courage, and compassion in the face of terror.  WHUR’s Taylor Thomas had a chance to attend the memorial service and talk with a service member involved.

The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,997 people, injured over 6,000 others, and caused at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, crashed World Trade Center complex in New York City. A third plane, was crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth plane was steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. 

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Growing up in a military family, Taylor Thomas lived overseas until she was 16 years old. She called places such as Great Britain and the Philippines home. For a time, Taylor even spoke with a British accent. Well now she resides in the DC area and for the past three years has worked as the news anchor for The Steve Harvey Morning Show on WHUR. Recently, Taylor has adopted the Washington Redskins as her most loved pro sports team.

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