It’s a sad day for many people, remembering and mourning the loss of over 3,000 victims—yet it also provides for much-needed time to connect and sympathize with those around us, regardless of background.

Whether Democrat or Republican, nothing else seems to matter when it comes to sympathizing with others over the loss of fellow Americans at the World Trade Center in New York City and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

“On this most somber day, those who would attack us should know that we are united, one nation under God, in our determination to stop them and to stand tall for peace and freedom at home and across the world,” Mitt Romney said in a written statement.

President Obama and his wife set a white floral wreath above a concrete engravement that reads, “Sept. 11, 2001 — 937am” at the Pentagon.

Many UCF students have honored this important day by wearing red bandanas and taking time to remember those who perished 11 years ago. The College Democrats and College Republicans planted 3,000 flags in front of the Math and Physics Building in honor of the men and women who died.

Similarly, some Valencia College students and others nearby commemorated the lives lost by planting around 3,000 flags in front of the Valencia Osceola campus. It is an amazing sight, with mostly American flags but also some flags from foreign countries included in remembrance of those killed who were from other places around the world.

Now that we’ve reached the 11th anniversary, many people are able to rest easier than once before. Of course, the worst terrorist attack in the U.S. is never to be forgotten, but the achievement of being able to cope with something that we cannot change is definitely a great success.

This day is also very heartwarming in the sense that people everywhere around the country gather together to put forward every feeling of love and remembrance towards those lost, whether they personally remember the event or lost one of their own family/friends or not.

The U.S. government said they would even cover around 50 types of cancer now, in health care plans, for those affected by the dangerous debris and overall atmosphere on 9/11/01.

When some Americans witnessed the American Airlines planes charging into the Twin Towers, looks of terror and shock could be seen everywhere. Today, one may still find looks of confusion and sadness, but the courage to stand strong has also kicked in almost a decade later, providing hope and community. We will never forget.