Millions of Americans have distinct accounts of where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001.

When two hijacked aircraft were driven into the World Trade Center, that tragic day was etched into history for all the wrong reasons. It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since the terrorist strikes.

September 11, 2001, events had a profound impact on Hanna and Heather Born’s life. On 9/11, the sisters were rescued from the Pentagon’s daycare facility. They were two of about 140 babies and toddlers playing in the Defense Department’s Child Development Center when an aircraft slammed into the Pentagon building just 200 yards away. Terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 on September 11, 2001, and flew it into the Pentagon. That day, Hanna and Heather Born were in the Pentagon’s childcare facility. They are carrying on the memory of the service personnel slain in the assault 20 years later.

Heather had no recollection of the day since she was only four months old. Her sister Hanna, on the other hand, was three at the time and had no memories.

She told CBS News, “I was at the daycare facility playing and dancing with several of my classmates.” “We were having fun with the dancing ribbons, and the next thing I remember is standing in the hallway.”

Service personnel evacuated all of the children at the daycare center. Hanna said she hopes “they realize how their acts have inspired” her and her sister.

Hanna Born, 2nd Lieutenant, and Heather Born, midshipman, both from the Naval Academy’s class of 2023.

Both sisters are currently serving in the United States military. In 2019, Second Lieutenant Hanna received her bachelor’s degree from the Air Force Academy. Heather, on the other hand, is a midshipman in the Naval Academy’s 2023 class.

“So many lives have been permanently altered by the events of that day and all that has followed,” Hanna said. “I think for us, it’s just about always remembering and finding out what we can do to commemorate them best.”

Hanna is now enrolled at Georgetown University after graduating from the Air Force Academy. She aspires to be a search-and-rescue pilot.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be forever thankful to all of the military men and women who continue to serve our nation courageously and selflessly.

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