Monday marks the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Nearly 3,000 lives were taken in the morning hours of 9/11, including nine Hoosiers who were working in the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon.

Just 16 hours after the collapse of the Twin Towers, 277 Hoosiers stepped foot onto Ground Zero to help in recovery efforts. Doctors, police officers, firefighters, mental health counselors and many more from Indiana bravely helped their fellow Americans.

Let’s remember the role all the brave first responders played on Sept. 11, 2001, and continue honoring those who dedicate themselves to protecting us.

As a way to pay tribute to all the victims of the attacks and to show the American spirit, consider donating blood. In the wake of the recent hurricanes and the summer blood supply shortage, the Red Cross needs donations now more than ever. Click here to learn how to save a life.

Please take a moment to reflect on what was lost that September morning 16 years ago.

We will never forget the courage shown on 9/11 and how our country stood up in the face of evil.

May God continue to bless America.