A day that we will never live to forget.
I worked at 40 Wall Street back then. I found myself on the Brooklyn Bridge stuck on the F train heading into Manhattan.
A typical morning heading into work, not realizing that this morning will never be typical.
We got on the Brooklyn Bridge and saw all the cars and other vehicles at a standstill, we were informed of the delays and came to the awareness once we were able to access news and saw the visual of what was happening in front of us.
We all stared at the then Twin Towers with a hole that was left from the first plane that flew into it.
It was a devastating time and event; we were on that train for what felt like hours staring at this Terror attack unfold before we were able to move slowly into the tunnel.
As we gazed in horror at the site of the Twin Towers, the pain of watching people jump to their death trying to save themselves will forever remain with me.
The thought that they’d somehow survive the fall leaves nothing to the imagination that their only concern was not being burned alive.
I cannot and will never imagine what they were going through at that time.
The fact that you’re at your desk one minute then hanging through a window to save your life the next is not what you expected after leaving for work that morning.
We should Truly always remember September 11th, 2001 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 Shanksville, 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
On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, 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 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.
Osama bin Laden
The hijackers 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.
Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools.
Others had slipped into the country in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation.
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.
As millions watched the events unfolding in New York, American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington, D.C., before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45 a.m.
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.