GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The September 11th attacks changed the United States forever and, 15 years later, some Americans are questioning the country’s sense of unity. Gallup’s annual poll of Americans’ national pride hit its lowest ever point this year.
In the aftermath of the attacks, many Americans united to fight the enemy. Americans across the country held vigils, donated blood and billions of dollars, and cheered firefighters and police. Many stores sold out of flags.
While some might see the result as Americans lacking as much spirit, others disagree. “People have more of an awareness of helping each other,” Leverett resident Norma Hallock told 22News, “when you see national disasters like hurricanes or like the tornado hitting Springfield a few years ago.”
Members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda hijacked four planes, flying two of them into the World Trade Center in New York City and a third into the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C. Over 3,000 people died in the September 11 attacks, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
Many remembrance ceremonies will be taking place on Sunday to honor all those who lost their lives.