BC: "Tomorrow New York is going to be here. And we're going to rebuild, and we're going to be stronger than we were before... I want the people of New York to be an example to the rest of the country, and the rest of the world, that terrorism can't stop us" Rudy Giuliani | NEVER FORGET
FC: Tommy Kennedy and Cooper Schorr: | Remember 9/11
1: On September 11, 2001, al-Qaeda, an Islamist terrorist organization, conducted a series of coordinated suicide attacks on the United States of America. 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners that morning, and all four planes were intended to be directed towards important landmarks of American society. Three of the planes successfully reached their targets and nearly three thousand victims lost their lives.
2: Two planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, and a third was flown into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed into a field in rural Pennsylvania after the passengers aboard heroically attempted to retake control of the flight. It was believed to have been intended for the Capitol building or the White House.
3: Pentagon | South Tower | North Tower | Rural Pennsylvania
4: 8:46 am | Richard Wajda was running late on September 11th, and was still on his way to work when the plane hit the north tower at 8:46 AM. He was walking on the street when he heard a loud explosion and looked up to see the tower in flames. Some type of object that had been shot out of the explosion hit him in the head, and his first reaction was just to run.
5: South Tower | Eric Levine was sitting in his desk in the South Tower at his Morgan Stanley office when he heard an explosion at 8:46 AM. Since evacuation had been ordered, him and many other employees were making their way down the stairwell until they reached the 50th or 51st floor and another explosion shook the floor at their feet. It took 40 minutes to reach the outside world, while they prayed for their lives. He did not find out what had actually happened until he asked a policewoman outside, and upon hearing this news, did not stop running until he got home to his house in Queens.
7: Pentagon: At 9:37 AM, a Boeing 757 plane crashed into the Pentagon building in Arlington, Virginia. Everyone aboard the plane lost their lives from this crash, including 125 inside of the building. The plane was seen approaching Washington, but made a 270 degree turn and struck the Pentagon, causing a five-storey section to fall. | Flight 93: At 10:03 AM, a Boeing 757 crashed into a field in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. 44 were killed in this crash, but the damage that was avoided thanks to the bravery of the passengers aboard is unimaginable. This plane was headed towards Washington, and most believe it was intended for the White House or the Capitol Building. Three men aboard this flight were brave enough to attempt to retake control of the plane by taking on the terrorists armed with knives, box-cutters, and bombs (although probably fake). The plane hit the field when the terrorists realized they were losing control and forced it into the ground. These brave men saved many lives, and possibly one of our nation’s national landmarks.
8: Both towers easily withstood the impact of the planes, however as the jet fuel and papers burned, the steel frame melted and both towers were forced to collapse on themselves. | The Towers Fall
9: The First Responders | 411 emergency workers died on September 11th, 2011 while attempting to rescue victims and fight fires. The FDNY lost 341 firefighters and two paramedics. The NYPD lost 23 police officers. The Port Authority Police Department lost 73 officers and 8 additional EMTs were killed (from private EMT/paramedic units. These men will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.