SAN ANGELO – Millions of Americans don't remember the shear terror of not knowing when the next terrorist attack would happen or the agonizing wait for the recovery of all the victims of September 11, 2001 because they weren't born yet.
Sunday marks the 21st anniversary of that fateful day when thousands of Americans died on American soil at the hands of Muslim extremists hellbent on destroying capitalism and what they saw as imperialist meddling in the Middle East.
In a plan hatched by Usama Bin Laden and carried out by Saudi Arabian Muslim radicals, suicide attackers highjacked commercial airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, and a field in Pennsylvania ending a decades old period of time when no American was attacked and killed by a foreign power on American soil.
That attack changed the world. The War on Terror started in Afghanistan and spread to Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Tens of thousands of people were killed in combat and in the suicide terrorist attacks that followed.
The 9/11 Muslim terrorist attacks unified the United States as few events had before. There was a unified front beginning on Sept. 12, 2001 to hunt down and bring to justice the killers and their masters. That was accomplished at great cost when Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
The world will never be the same.
A small group of San Angeloans gathered Friday morning at the 9/11 Memorial near the River Stage downtown to mark the 21st anniversary of the attacks. The 9/11 Memorial ceremony in San Angelo began in 2003 with hundreds of attendees.
Watch video below from Friday's somber event.