We Remember: 9/11


Today, September 11, we remember the four coordinated terrorist attacks by the terrorist group al-Qaeda against the US in 2001. One of the planes crashed into the World Trade Center (WTC) in NYC. Another plane crashed into the west side of the Pentagon. 2 planes crashed into the Twin Towers. Finally, the last of the four, flight 93.

Most people know about the Twin Tower and Pentagon attacks but not all know about how it started and Flight 93. The World Trade Center attack was the first of the four starting at 8:45 in the morning. American Airlines Boeing 767, which was loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel, crashed into the north tower of WTC. Flight 93 was the only attack that failed. Since it was the last one planned more people knew that they could be in danger. When the terrorists took a group of people hostage the people on board knew they had to act. They took control of the plane and crashed landed in a rural field in Pennsylvania.

A total of 2,996 people were killed in these attacks. At the WTC 2,763 died, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 NYC police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers. At the Pentagon, 189 were killed. On the Flight 93 44 died when they crashed landed in Pennsylvania. So today remember those who fought and those we lost, remember 9/11.