This year marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Many events were held to commemorate the
lives that were lost and to honor those who survived yet still ran into the danger zones to save lives
in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. However, one special event hosted in Washington, DC on 30
September 2021 was particularly impactful as it recounted that fateful day through firsthand accounts.
Some presenters have told their stories many times over the years while others shared their heroic
actions publicly for the first time in two decades. The District of Columbia’s 2021 Interoperability
Summit “20 Year Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 Attack on America: Never Forget,” was organized by
the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s (HSEMA) Office of the
Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), in conjunction with the Metropolitan Washington Council
of Governments (MWCOG) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency’s (CISA) Emergency Communications Division (ECD).