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Today is a very significant day.
Here, people died. And yet, many were saved.
Emergency call is the same as today.
Death and destruction is the hallmark of this day.
A number is what it is. Catastrophic number it turned out to be.
Ten is the mean for this number(s).
Exact 16 years to this day, is what I am talking about.

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    $\begingroup$ The commemoration is a nice thought, but isn't this rather too straightforward to be called a riddle? $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Sep 11 '17 at 14:58
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Today is a very significant day.

Today is 9/11

Here, people died. And yet, many were saved.

around 3k casualties, with 343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers (my figures were off at first, sorry- corrected)

Emergency call is the same as today.

911

Death and destruction is the hallmark of this day. A number is what it is. Catastrophic number it turned out to be.

again,3k deaths

Ten is the mean for this number(s).

9 and 11, the mean is 10

Exact 16 years to this day, is what I am talking about.

9-11-01

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    $\begingroup$ Read the first letter of each line. $\endgroup$ – Hugh Meyers Sep 11 '17 at 18:15
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The answer is

the date of the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers in NYC.

Why:

It is both the first letters of each line and an otherwise general description of the day, including referencing the years since.

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