On Tuesday, September 11, 2001 the United States was attacked. Four coordinated terrorist attacks were planned to take place at the same time in New York City and Washington D.C. However, one plane crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks have been connected to Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden as well as Mohamed Atta, Khalid Sheik Mohammed and others (ABC news) although it is still not completely clear who was responsible for the attacks. The attacks have been identified as the worst attacks in history against the United States. Approximately 3,000 people perished including civilians, firefighters and hijackers. Even now, many are still affected by the attacks both physically and mentally whether they were at ground zero, had a loved one who died or was injured or watched the horrific events on television. Most of those who were alive can remember where they were on September 11, 2001. Today, 12 years later, we remember September 11, 2001 one of the deadliest days in United States history.
1. At 8:46 a.m. the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11 from Logan Airport in Boston was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Approximately 92 people were killed.
2. At 9:03 a.m. United Flight 175 also from Logan Airport in Boston crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. Approximately 65 people perished.
3. At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 from Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia was flown into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Special thoughts are extended to the friends and family of Vicki Yancey who died aboard Flight 77. Approximately 64 people perished.
4. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark International Airport in New Jersey on route to San Francisco was hijacked. The passengers led an attempt to subdue the hijackers. The plane went down at 10:03 a.m. in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Approximately 44 people lost their lives.
5. It was Election Day in New York for the Mayoral Primary Elections. The election was rescheduled for September 25, 2001. Michael R. Bloomburg, Republican won the Mayoral election.
6. According to the 911 Commission Report there were several hijackers on each plane. In preparation they purchased blades and multifunction tools. Passengers using their cell phones reported the hijackers stabbing and killing pilots, flight attendants and some passengers.
7. World Trade Center Twin Tower buildings collapsed within two hours and surrounding buildings were on fire or severely damaged by debris. Over 200 people jumped or fell from the Twin Towers.
8. “Let’s roll” became the mantra symbolizing heroism and action after the September 11 attacks. Todd Beamer, one of the passengers on Flight 93 attempted to make a phone call to report the hijacking using a plane phone. His call was routed to Supervisor Lisa Jefferson. Beamer explained that he and some passengers were planning to try to subdue the hijackers. Ms. Jefferson said Beamer’s last words speaking to his fellow passengers were, “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.” The plane that might have been attended for the Capitol Building crashed down in Shanksville, PA.
9. Over 90 countries lost citizens in the September 11th attacks including United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, India and Bermuda. Approximately 77 British citizens, 14 from Trinidad and Tobago and many others perished.
10. Let’s all come together to honor those who died on September 11, 2001. Let the Nation and the world pause to remember those whose lives were taken in this horrific attack.