My fellow Starlanders and micronationalists,

Nine years ago today, our world changed forever. Four commercial aircraft were hijacked by members of the terrorist network, Al Qaeda. Two planes crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, New York, United States. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC, United States and another crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, United States after passengers fought back against the hijackers. Two thousand, seven hundred and three people lost their lives including hundreds of firefighters, office workers, and US government officials. It was not only an attack on America, but on the free world. The US President at the time, George Walker Bush, claimed Osama bin Laden responsible along with his Al Qaeda network. The US went to war in Afghanistan and later Iraq to rid the world against Islamic extremists. Although we don't agree with some of Mr. Bush's actions, our world is more safer than our lives more secure. But threats of nuclear and biological attacks are always present. The threats will always be present. America's job in Iraq is over, but the teaching of Iraqi Security Forces has begun. The War in Afghanistan still lingers but is expected to end by next year. The hunt for Bin Laden is still on, whether he is dead or alive. But regardless of the enemies, and whether they are captured and defeated, the memories and the scar they left on America, on the world, and on how we govern ourselves as micronations cannot be erased.

So on this day, September 11th, let us remember the victims and brave souls who tried to stop the inevitable, the brave men and women who tried to rescue so many others at their expense, and the people who fight for freedom. Let us never forget September 11th, 2001. It is a day that cannot and will not be forgotten.

Good day!

~Her Excellency Prime Minister Allie Hunter

Republic of Starland

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