Today, Sept. 11, 2013, marks 12 years since 19 terrorists linked to Osama bin Ladin and the Al Queda terrorist network carried out attacks in New York City and the nation’s capital Washington, D.C.
12 years ago today, America was caught off guard by attacks on both the heart of the military and economic. In 102 minutes, terrorists managed to destroy two building, crash three planes and kill nearly 3,000 men, women and children at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Americans around the country will pause to remember those that were lost when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Important moments to remember are:
- 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower
- 9:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 175 hits the South Tower
- 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon
- 9:59 a.m. the South Tower collapses
- 10:07 a.m. United Flight 93 crashes in a field in Somerset County, PA
- 10:28 a.m. the North Tower collapses
Today is Patriot's day as designated by Congress and President George W. Bush on Dec. 18, 2001. President Barack Obama added to the day by advocating a national day of service on this day in memory of those that lost their lives 12 years ago.
Here are some statistics reported by CNN as relating to September 11, 2001:
- Total World Trade Center victims 2,753
- 343 were New York City Firemen
- 23 were New York Police Officers
- 37 were Port Authority Officers
- 75-80 percent of the victims were men
- Total Pentagon victims 184
- Flight United 93 victims 44