We want to take today to reflect on the tragedy that happened that day. 9/11. We all know that date. It rings loud and clear, complete with vivid images of the horrific events of that day.
The early morning sun blazing on the buildings, 8:46am EDT, an Al Qaeda terrorist group on a suicide mission crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, floors 93-99, killing everyone onboard and hundreds inside the building. Flames and smoke start billowing out of the first tower. Then the screams and captured images of a second hijacked plane heading for the South Tower start. With all eyes on that plane we watch as it crashes into floors 75-85 of the WTC at 9:03am EDT, killing everyone on board and hundreds in the building. The explosion, the smoke, the screams, the running people on the streets, the jumping people from the buildings, it was almost too much to watch, and yet this was really happening so all of America watched. Then, a third hijacked plane crashes into the Pentagon, killing over a hundred people and wounding many more. At 9:59am the South Tower collapses. At 10:28am The World Trade Center’s North Tower collapses, 102 minutes after being struck. The fourth hijacked plane crashes in Pennsylvania after the passengers attempted to overtake the plane back from the terrorists, all onboard were killed. Tower Seven of the World Trade Center also collapses at 5:20pm after burning for hours, it had been evacuated in the morning. At 8:30pm, President Bush addresses the nation, calling the attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror” and declaring that America, its friends and allies would “stand together to win the war against terrorism.”(Source: http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-timeline)
Twelve years later, it feels like it happened yesterday. We will always remember how our great nation felt that day, and what changed that day.