There are slight differences of the total count of the 9/11 number of victims as 2,996. This list includes terrorists involved in the plot, so you would need to subtract the 19 known dead terrorists to get a final number of 2,977. Subtract again the 236 foreigners and get 2,741 Americans. [google answers].
Few events in history have caused our whole nation to cease normal life for such a long period of reflection, mourning, and anger. We reacted and almost all of us have personal memories of that day in our lives. I was attending a funeral mass in Bordentown, NJ. We shook our heads in disbelief at first and media announcements were sketchy and innacurate; then we had that hour and a half of watching in silence until the towers collapsed and we heard more about the Pentagon and wondered how one plane literally buried itself in a field far away in Pennsylvania.
The number of deaths reported kept piling up and the blessing of those 90 plus minutes in which thousands escaped death due to the heroism of even more who trudged into the holocaust to save them – knowing that their lives were most likely to be forfeited. We could only think of John 15/13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. …” but these heroes lay down their lives for strangers.
We live in a violent world and our government has published loud warnings today that there might be attacks of violence as we sadly remember 9/11 ten years later. but as we weep and pray for the 3000 who were so brutally killed in 2001, the nation seems to do our best to remain silent about the 3300 deaths due to abortion every day! Do we have the capacity to weep and pray for only 3000 on one day and do we feel less sorrow for them if we also cry for the other 3300?
The overwhelming source of violence in our nation is abortion and does violence from one cause not influence all violence? Are not all these 6300 people children of God? Are only the 3000? Are all the other deaths today less tragic to their loved ones than these 3000? Seems to me they are all tragic and worthy of my sorrow and prayer!