In 2001, on September 11th, 19 suicidal militants linked with the Islamic extremist organization, al Qaeda hijacked four planes and carried out deadly attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the four planes flew right toward and head-on with the twin towers of the World Trade Center in NYC. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the last plane smashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were murdered during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which initiated significant U.S. initiatives to battle terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.
The collision left an enormous, burning hole near the 80th story of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly executing hundreds of souls and confining hundreds more in higher levels. As the evacuation of the skyscraper and its twin got moving, television cameras aired live pictures of what initially seemed to be a freak happening. Then after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, appeared out of the sky 18 minutes later. Then turned sharply toward the other tower and sliced inside the south tower near the 60th story. The crash caused a massive eruption that showered smoldering rubble over surrounding buildings and onto the roads below. It immediately became obvious that America was under attack.
The terrorists were Islamic rebels from Saudi Arabia and various other Arab nations. It was reportedly funded by the al Qaeda terrorist organization of Saudi exile Osama Bin Laden. They were supposedly serving in retaliation for ‘America’s support of the Israeli Nation. Its engagement in the Persian Gulf War and its sustained military residence in the Middle East. Some of the rebels had resided in the United States for over a year and had taken flying courses at American commercial flight academies. Others had snuck into the country a few months before September 11th and served as the “muscle” in the carried out operation.
As millions observed the terrorist events unfold in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 hovered over downtown Washington, D.C., before plunging into the west side of the Pentagon military base. Jet fuel caused a devastating fire that led to the architectural collapse of a large portion of the large concrete structure, which is the base of the U.S. Department of Defense. One hundred twenty-five military employees and civilians slaughtered in the Pentagon, including all 64 people aboard the plane.
Meanwhile, the fourth plane was bound for Califonia, United Flight 93, was seized about 40 minutes after departing Newark Liberty International Airport in N.J. Due to delaying in taking off, passengers on board heard of the attacks that took place in Washington and New York through cell phone and Airfone calls to the soil. Having prior knowledge that the plane was not reverting to an airport as the terrorists claimed, a group of travelers and flight attendants plotted a revolt.
Thomas Burnett, Jr., one of the passengers, spoke to his wife over the phone and said, “I know we are all going to die. There is three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Todd Beamer, another passenger, was overheard saying “Are you guys ready? ‘Let’s roll” over an ongoing call.
The travelers attacked the four terrorists and are assumed to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The airplane then spun over and sped toward the soil at upwards of 500 miles per hour, smashing in rural farmland near Shanksville in western P.A. All 44 people traveling were killed. Its designated target is not identified, but speculations include the U.S. Capitol, the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, the White House, or one of several nuclear power plants along the eastern seaboard.
A sum of 2,996 people was executed in the 9/11 attacks, that includes the 19 Arab terrorist skyjackers aboard the four planes. Residents of 78 nations died in NYC, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. At the Twin towers, 2,763 died following the two planes crashing into the World Trade Center. That total includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, twenty-three New York City police officers and thirty-seven Port Authority police deputies. Those who were fighting to complete an evacuation of the buildings and save the building workers confined on higher floors.
At the Pentagon, one hundred and eighty-nine people were murdered, including sixty-four on Flight 77, American Airlines, the airliner that crashed into the building. Forty-four people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania on flight 93.
Congress approved naming September 11th “Patriot Day” On December 18th, 2001, to honor the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Congress declared September 11th a National Day of Service and Remembrance In 2009.
The initial monuments to September 11th came in the immediate wake of the strikes, with candlelight wakes and flower offerings at U.S. embassies around the globe. Queen Elizabeth sang the American national anthem as the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, in Great Britain took place. In Brazil, they put up billboards displaying the ‘city’s Christ the Redeemer statue embracing the New York City skyline.
For the original anniversary of the terrorist attacks in NYC in 2002, two gleaming columns of light were shot up into the heavens from where the Twin Towers once stood. The “Tribute in Light” then grew to an annual power run by the Municipal Art Society of New York. On clear and cloudless nights, the beams are visible to the human eye from over 60 miles beyond.
A World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition was carried to choose a proper enduring memorial to the ones who lost their lives on 9/11. The triumphant plan/ blueprint by Michael Arad, “Reflecting Absence,” now remains outside the museum in an eight-acre park. It consists of a pair of reflecting pools with waterfalls rushing down where the Twin Towers once stood into the sky.
The names of all 2,983 souls are engraved on the hundred and fifty-two bronze panels circling the pools, systematized by where people were on the day of the horrific incidents. So coworkers and travelers that were on the same flight are memorialized unitedly. In 2011, the site was opened to the public on September 11th, to honor the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Following was the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum, opening on the original World Trade Center Site in May of 2014.
We will never forget the day that the twin towers were torn-down and monuments crashed and burned. It affected everyone not only in America but around the world. We stand united as one, and America is being made stronger and stronger each day. By the Grace of God and some help from our president, I, along with most Americans, pray America will become the Great country it once was. I pray for those who lost their lives that day, and the families and friends who are grieving and mourning. The Lord and America are with you on this day. God Bless America And The People Who Live, Believe and Stand by this Nation and what Represents.