Can you believe that 17 years have passed since this attack occurred on US soil on 9/11/ 2001 by a terrorist organization, Al-Qaeda? As per Wikipedia, 19 men were affiliated with al-Qaeda; 15 of the 19 were citizens of Saudi Arabia, and the others were from the United Arab Emirates (2), Egypt, and Lebanon.
Almost everyone who was of age when this happened, can remember where we were. I recall my daughter grabbing me, saying you have to see this? I saw the second airplane, and in that second, I knew that we were under attack.
It’s also a time that Americans came together to mourn this tragedy. Our US leaders like the republican President George W. Bush and the NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani were at their best in helping all of us to recover from this nightmare. The acts of heroism are legendary of how Americans came forward, risking and losing their lives to help their fellow citizens.
President Bush stepped up to the plate to warn Americans not to blame US Muslims in the USA for the behavior of a few extremists.
Today, on the 11th of September 2018, there will be ceremonies being held around the USA in remembrance of 9/11. Many of us will be having our quiet moments recalling those times and what happened afterwards.
A review of what happened…
Source: 8/27/18 updated publication by History.com:
“On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.”
World Trade Center
The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.
As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767—United Airlines Flight 175—appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center and sliced into 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.
Did you know? September 11, 2001, was the deadliest day in history for New York City firefighters: 343 were killed. (69 emergency helpers were killed.)
Osama bin Laden
“The attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by the al-Qaeda terrorist organization of Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East.”
“The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four early-morning flights bound for California, chosen because the planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four planes and took the controls, transforming ordinary passenger jets into guided missiles.”
“Jet fuel from the Boeing 757 caused a devastating inferno that led to the structural collapse of a portion of the giant concrete building, which is the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.”
“All told, 125 military personnel and civilians were killed in the Pentagon, along with all 64 people aboard the airliner.”
Twin Towers Collapse
“Less than 15 minutes after the terrorists struck the nerve center of the U.S. military, the horror in New York took a catastrophic turn when the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a massive cloud of dust and smoke.”
“The structural steel of the skyscraper, built to withstand winds in excess of 200 miles per hour and a large conventional fire, could not withstand the tremendous heat generated by the burning jet fuel.”
“Meanwhile, a fourth California-bound plane—United Flight 93—was hijacked about 40 minutes after leaving Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. Because the plane had been delayed in taking off, passengers on board learned of events in NY and Washington via cell phone and Airfone calls to the ground.”
“Knowing that the aircraft was not returning to an airport as the hijackers claimed, a group of passengers and flight attendants planned an insurrection.”
“One of the passengers, Thomas Burnett, Jr., told his wife over the phone that “I know we’re all going to die. There’s 3 of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” Another passenger—Todd Beamer—was heard saying “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll” over an open line.”
“Sandy Bradshaw, a flight attendant, called her husband and explained that she had slipped into a galley and was filling pitchers with boiling water. Her last words to him were “Everyone’s running to first class. I’ve got to go. Bye.”
“The passengers fought the 4 hijackers and are suspected to have attacked the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane then flipped over and sped toward the ground at upwards of 500 miles per hour, crashing in a rural field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania at 10:10 a.m.”
How Many People Died in 9/11 Attacks?
“A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks, including the 19 terrorist hijackers aboard the four airplanes.”
“At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.”
Link to report/ videos: 9/11 Attacks – Facts & Summary – HISTORY.com