September 11 Remembrance

Above is a picture of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. Almost 3,000 people died in this horrific terrorist attack.

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Above is a picture of a plane crashing into the World Trade Center. Almost 3,000 people died in this horrific terrorist attack.

Sarah Y., Editor-in-Chief

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On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by the Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda. This attack was the first attack on American soil since the Pearl Harbor bombing on December 7, 1941.

That morning on September 11, two planes slammed into the World Trade Center, killing about 3,000 men and women. After the tower collapsed, only six people in the tower survived while almost 10,000 were treated for severe injuries; the rest were killed either by the impact of the crash, or the collapsing of the tower.   

Soon after, another plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon while the world was watching the attack in New York City. The crash then ignited a fire in the building. This crash at the Pentagon killed over 100 people.

The final plane of the attack did not succeed in crashing into its still unknown target when civilians overtook their hijackers and crashed the plane into a field in Pennsylvania. Of the 44 people aboard the plane, there were no survivors.

In a matter of hours, thousands of civilians, military personnel and first responders lost their lives in this horrific attack.  

My father was deployed to Japan to fight in the War on Terrorism. He was deployed for almost seven months. I was only about eight months old when my dad had to leave for Japan. We rarely got to see him during those seven months. We could not fly to Japan either with the fear surrounding flying from the attacks.

So many people were affected by the terrorist attacks whether directly or indirectly. Many people lost a family member, friend, neighbor, etc. either in the attack or the war that came afterward.

Now, 16 years later, we still hold the memory of those who lost their lives on that fateful day. We should never forget those who lost their lives on a day that will live in infamy.

 

 

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