September 11 2001

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September 11th, 2001
Grace Scott
Devry University
Contemporary History
HIST410N
Professor Gary Grimm
April 21, 2013

September 11th, 2001
September 11 is one of the most important historical events in world history. It sparked a mass awakening across the world and its impact will be felt for many years to come. There has been much debate as to how it happened, who is responsible, and why. On September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorist hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners. The hijackers intentionally crashed two of the airliners into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, killing everyone on board and many others working in the buildings. Both buildings collapsed within two hours, destroying at least two nearby buildings and damaging others. The hijackers crashed a third airliner into the Pentagon and a fourth plane crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers and flight crew fought back. Americans and friends all over the world remember where they were and what they were doing on this fateful Tuesday morning. There may be a ton of theories but no one will ever really know what happened that day. Some say there were prior warnings of varying detail of planned attacks against the United States by al-Qaeda. Reports say the government ignored these warnings due to the lack of communication between various law enforcement and intelligence personnel. People only look at the attack on the twin towers and not the larger picture. The government did not release any specific information regarding the attacks so to me, something is extremely fishy. As I remember, September 11, 2001 was a bright, crisp morning in many regions of the United States, which was shattered when the nation was attacked by terrorist. It all began at around 8:46 a.m. Eastern time when American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into the World Trade Center. At first, many believed the event to be an accident, simple pilot error. The news of the crash preempted many regular programs as cameramen and photographers captures flames, billowing smoke, and sadly, bodies of people who p, was flown into the south lunged to their deaths rather than remaining trapped in the building. As journalist and everyday people continued filming, snapping photos, and watching the skies, another plane, United Airlines Flight 175, was flown into the south tower, at 9:02 a.m. America was clearly under attack. American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon, the headquarters of America’s military operations. People were already horrified and before they could absorb the shock, another strike was being executed. American Airline Flight 93 was hijacked but the brave men and women refused to let their plane or their deaths be used to hurt America. They died as heroes, as they retook the plane, crashing it into a field instead of allowing the hijacked plane to go to its intended target, believed to be nearby, Washington, D.C. In less than one and a half hours, three American landmarks had been hit and one had been narrowly avoided. U.S. airspace was closed down completely for the belief that other attacks were still pending on September 11. American learned a lot about heroes on September 11, 2001. First responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and a host of off duty responders, construction workers, medical professionals, and everyday people risked their lives to help evacuate as many people as possible from the burning and badly damaged Twin Towers, as well as from the Pentagon. Brave men and women lost their lives on September 11, along with the victims inside each building and aboard each plane. “We will never forget.” That day, thousands of innocent people, their parents, siblings, children, spouses, and friends were murdered on American soil. Could we have stopped it before it happened? It’s a mystery that has never been solved. Many feel it was a conspiracy with many untruths. If you go...
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