Today, we remember those who were killed on September 11th, 2001. Today, we honor those men and women, their families, and the emergency personnel on scene. Today, we remember as tragedy struck. Today, and everyday we will remember.
“On September 11th, 2001 at 8:45am an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The 110ft skyscraper had been struck near the 80th floor, leaving a gaping, burning hole.
18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767 came into sight, and turned toward the South Tower, near the 60th floor.
The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and onto the streets below. It immediately became clear that America was under attack.”
As the rest of the world watched the Twin Towers fall, Washington, D.C was being attacked. American Airlines Flight 77 circled over, and crashed into the West side of the Pentagon military headquarters. A portion of the building, which is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, collapsed, leaving everyone scared and heartbroken.
At 9 p.m., President George W. Bush delivered a televised address from the Oval Office, declaring, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
We remember this tragic event, the day that left us all with heartache, but also truly united the American people.
Our reason for writing this blog, is to remember our fallen friends and family, to honor them, and to educate those who don’t know much about the 9/11 attacks. This world is busy, our lives are busy, but we will always stop for a moment and remember those who aren’t with us. We will always remember this day.
Since then, many candlelight vigils take place, a permanent memorial has been built, and a Tribute in Light is held on the anniversary.
See below for photos of the “Tribute in Light” by the Municipal Art Society of New York, and a permanent memorial, “Reflecting Absence,” by Michael Arad.
- cited from history.com – for more information about the 9/11 attacks, visit their website :