Much has been made of Sept. 12, 2001 this past weekend as the community joined other Alaskans in marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.

As well it should be.

The attack that involved terrorists hijacking three commercial airliners and crashing them into two of the nation's landmarks caused great alarm. A fourth airliner missed the White House and went into an empty field.

But, the next day, as Americans began to realize the extent of the loss and devastation, they came together in solidarity.

With all of the division in recent years — much of it as a result of politics — it is good to remember a time when Americans didn't strike out against each other. We all joined forces and focused against the terrorists.

We intended to hunt them down and impose consequences. We also flocked to churches to comfort one another and seek out a power higher than our own.

Our first responders from across the country aided the rescue and recovery efforts in New York City and Washington, D.C., and their dangerous and difficult work went on for weeks.

Through the years, we supported the families and others who lost loved ones in the attack and provided resources as they attempted to overcome the repercussions of the sudden event. We do that to this day.

We know we can support one another. We would like to see that more often without a tragedy involved. Just Alaskans — and all Americans — pulling together and respecting one another despite our politics and world views.