Remembering September 11, 2001
For some of us, this day is hard to forget. This day September 11th, is the day that changed the lives for all of us in America. I can remember it like yesterday, I was in class and someone came into the room and told everyone to watch the televisions. I couldn't believe it, we were under attack. The news report said buildings in New York and the Pentagon had been hit by planes. Looking outside the window was confirmation as you could see the Pentagon smoking from the distance. Needless to say....class was over. On my way home, it seems as though everyone was in a panic. There was extreme fear! No ones cell phone seemed to be working and there were rumors of a plane circling around with biological weapons. If you had family that live in major cities, all you wanted was to tell them to stay away from downtown especially skyscrapers as they seemed like the likely targets. But you couldn't because there was no communication. The news later reported that terrorists hijacked commercial planes with passengers and flew them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. This was a wakeup call for all Americans...we are not untouchable. It seemed as though every television station was covering this attack. We stayed glued to the television all night to watch was happening in New York. Seeing those planes crash into the building and watching the chaos going on in New York was hard. Most of all, watching the Twin Towers go down building by building, piece by piece was one of the worst things I every saw. I couldn't help but fill sad for all those people who were trapped inside and I could not help but feel anger at the cowards that did this. Before this, I had never witnessed such strong display of patriotism for our country. Guys you knew were ready to go sign up for the military to get some payback. This day, all the other issues we argue about in this country did not matter. This day, we were all one. Our prayers goes out to all the families that lost love ones this day, September 11th.
Excerpt below from: National September 11 Memorial & Museum - https://www.911memorial.org/
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijack and fly two commercial airliners filled with passengers and crew into the Twin Towers. Safety enhancements made by the Port Authority after the 1993 bombing, including the implementation of a fire warden program and improvements to stairwell lighting, help thousands of people to evacuate, many in less than one hour.
The attacks on 9/11 result in the collapse of the Twin Towers and are part of a coordinated assault on American political, financial, and military landmarks using hijacked planes. The attacks kill 2,977 people.