Today marks the 11th anniversary of the most infamous attack on American soil. This iconic photo has since been a symbol of hope and patriotism in memory of the loved ones lost and the heroes who died trying to save them.

On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from Al-Qaeda hijacked 4 planes. The hijackers flew two of the planes into the North and South World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon and another intended for the United States Captiol Building but its passengers heroically took over the jet and instead, it landed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. 2,996 people died that day and more than 6,000 were injured. The War on Terror then commenced and thousands of American troops have been committed to the efforts.

Still, as the country mourns this tremendous loss, that morning remains etched in our memory as many of us were in elementary school, unbeknownst to the lasting effects these attacks would have on our nation and unaware of what all of it menat.

Where were you on the morning of September 11, 2001 and what does it mean to Americans today?

Never forget.