Remembering 911

The September 11, 2001 attacks consisted of a series of coordinated suicide terrorist attacks upon the United States, predominantly targeting civilians, carried out on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. That morning, 19 men affiliated with al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. Each team of hijackers included a trained pilot. Two planes (United Airlines Flight 175 and American Airlines Flight 11) crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City, one plane into each tower (One and Two). Both towers collapsed within two hours. The pilot of the third team crashed a plane into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Passengers and members of the flight crew on the fourth aircraft attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers; that plane crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Excluding the 19 hijackers, a confirmed 2,973 people died and another 24 remain missing as a result of these attacks. The tragic events of September 11, 2001 have had a profound effect upon our nation and its people. We recall and relive the anger, grief, and sadness the appalling terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon produced in us. This day of infamy will remain in our collective memory for a very long time. We mourn those who died so tragically in the stunning assault upon our fellow citizens...

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