Reported By CPL K.Skitz
September 11, 2001. A day that would later define a country and its policies for a generation. For those of us who were old enough to remember, on this day we distinctly remember where we were when we heard of the second airliner that collided with the World Trade Center in NYC. I, as a New Yorker, remember it well. I was in class and a teacher rolled in a television with an antenna and switched on the news. It was an image I would never forget. The World Trade Center engulfed in flames and later the collapse that buried 2,763 New Yorkers in rubble and ash.
The carnage would not end in New York. Roughly an hour after the second airliner hit the second WTC Tower the Pentagon was struck, killing 189 Americans. First responders scrambled to put out the flames and save any lives they could as a large portion of the Pentagon was left in ruin.
Despite all the death and destruction, there were heroes. On Flight 93 there was yet another hijacking of an airliner. While its final destination is still unknown, Americans on board became aware of the hijacking of the Pentagon plane and both WTC planes and quickly organized a last ditch effort to thwart the hijackers on board. They stormed through First Class, took control of the plane and plunged the airliner into the earth in a rural field just outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. All passengers on board were killed.
In total 2,977 Americans were killed during the attacks on September 11, 2001. There is a memorial at Ground Zero in New York City where two beams of light are lit into the sky every night in honor of those who died. If you would like to know more about 9/11 I have left a link to the official 9/11 Memorial website below.