9/11 - A Date Americans Will Never Forget!

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Tomorrow is 9/11, a date that will be forever etched on the mind of every American. That's because it was on this very day in 2001, that almost 3,000 innocent people lost their lives thanks to what will go down in history as one of the most daring and unusual terrorist attacks. Today, 11 years after the tragic event we tip our hats to all the victims and the unsung heroes that came together and saved the nation from what could have been an even worse tragedy. For those of you too young to remember this terrible day here, is a brief synopsis.

On September 11th, 2001, 19 terrorists split into four groups, each with an expert pilot, hijacked four commercial flights - United Flight 93 from New Jersey, American Flight 77 from Washington D.C. and United Flight 175 and American Flight 11, both from Boston. The flights were all selected because they were heading across the country either to Los Angeles or San Francisco and therefore, loaded with fuel.

Two made their way to the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, hitting the high-rises at 8.46am and 9.03am respectively, while the third flew to Virginia and crashed into the Pentagon at 9.37am. The fourth, United Flight 93 was believed to have been making its way straight to the Capitol or White House. However, the brave passengers thwarted the terrorists' efforts - While they did succeed in diverting the flight and preventing thousands of more deaths, they were not as successful in saving themselves. The plane crashed in an empty field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing all 44 passengers.

For those who were at the scene or watched the entire chain of events unfold on live television, it was like having a nightmare or watching a horror movie. At the end of it all, 3,000 innocent people lost their lives with the impact rippling through to thousands of families, who even after eleven years are trying to make sense of this unnecessary act of violence.

September 11, 2001 was truly a tragedy of epic proportions - One that will never be forgotten. However, similar to other tragic events like the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968, it has made us more resilient and come together as a nation - Regardless of color, creed or gender, which is something we should all be proud of.

So be sure to take some time tomorrow to remember all those who lost their lives on that fateful day and continue to do so, in the ongoing war against terrorism that the world has been involved in, since.

Resources: cnn.com, wikipedia.org

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  • dynamic0ne
    dynamic0neMonday, September 14, 2020 at 4:18 pm
    that must've been scary trying to ecape when smoke rising something like 1000 feet up after being bombed
    • gabbie1004
      gabbie1004Monday, September 14, 2020 at 12:48 pm
      This is a very important topic and I feel really sad for the people who died and the people who suffered the losses of their family member(s). Wow, what a day for these New Yorkers. Today I have an assignment on this topic, and watching the videos about the Twin Towers collapsing just breaks my heart and makes me want to cry. :(
      • cutekyleigh
        cutekyleighFriday, September 18, 2020 at 6:19 am
        Me too my uncle died on that day
      • meowmeows
        meowmeowsMonday, September 14, 2020 at 11:12 am
        me too that must be terrifying
        • sirknight
          sirknightMonday, September 14, 2020 at 9:37 am
          Wow this is just sad );
          • ilikecoolstuff
            ilikecoolstuffMonday, September 14, 2020 at 8:40 am
            Imagine that your in the airplane that crash into the twin towers
            • blufire_fiona
              blufire_fionaMonday, September 14, 2020 at 7:00 am
              wow I can not even imagine what it was like when you would receive a call from your family members saying that the plan they were on was hyjacked
              • wolffan165
                wolffan165Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:37 am
                must be scary
                • wolffan165
                  wolffan165Monday, September 14, 2020 at 6:04 am
                  yeah must be pretty scary...
                  • griffith280
                    griffith280Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 6:44 pm
                    Just imagine if one of your relatives were in there, send prayers.
                    • hljeo
                      hljeoSaturday, September 12, 2020 at 9:57 pm
                      Imagine what it felt to know that it is a attack, not an accident, and your life in danger