On September 11, 2001, millions of Americans have different accounts of where they were and what they were doing.
That awful day was carved into history for all the wrong reasons when two hijacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center. It’s hard to realize the terrorist attacks took place 20 years ago.
The events of September 11, 2001, had a significant impact on Hanna and Heather Born’s lives. The girls were rescued from the Pentagon’s daycare facility on September 11, 2001. When an airplane slammed into the Pentagon building just 200 yards away, they were two of around 140 newborns and toddlers playing in the Defense Department’s Child Development Center. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 and flew it into the Pentagon. Hanna and Heather Born were in the Pentagon’s childcare center that day. They are honoring the service members who were killed in the assault 20 years ago.
Heather, who was only four months old at the time, had no recall of the day. Hanna, on the other hand, was three years old at the time and had no recollection of the event.
“I was in the daycare center playing and dancing with several of my classmates,” she told CBS News. “We were having a good time with the dancing ribbons when I realized I was standing in the hallway.”
All of the children at the childcare center were evacuated by service personnel. Hanna expressed her hope that “their actions have influenced” her and her sister.
Heather Born, a midshipman, and Hanna Born, a 2nd Lieutenant, are both from the Naval Academy’s class of 2023.
Both of their sisters are presently serving in the US military. Second Lieutenant Hanna graduated from the Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in 2019. Heather, on the other hand, is a Naval Academy midshipman in the 2023 class.
“The events of that day and all that has followed have forever affected so many lives,” Hanna added. “I think it’s just a matter of always remembering and figuring out how we can best commemorate them,” she says.
After graduating from the Air Force Academy, Hanna is now enrolled at Georgetown University. She wants to be a search-and-rescue pilot when she grows up.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll be eternally grateful to all of the brave and selfless military men and women who continue to serve our country.
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