When it comes to leaving an indelible mark on the modern American psyche, nothing comes close to the events of September 11, 2001. As we pass the 21st anniversary of that fateful day, few Americans have forgotten the tragic events of that fateful day, and the 2,977 lives that were so unjustly taken.
We knew that after two hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, one hit the Pentagon and a fourth plane was brought down by heroic passengers in a Pennsylvanian field, America (and the wider world) would never be the same again.
The attacks cast a long shadow over American life, one we are still reeling from, but what did the events of September 11, 2001, do to change the nation? Here are five significant ways that America was changed by 9/11.