On this day 15 years ago, the world was struck with an event never to be forgotten, 9/11. The 9/11 attacks were 4 terrorist attacks all organized by the Islamic group, Al-Qaeda, on the early morning of September 11, 2001. 19 hijackers hijacked 4 different airplanes to destroy different locations of the U.S. All four points of interests to destroy were the White House, the Capitol, the Pentagon, and the most famous of them all, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Two out of four of the airplanes crashed into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center. After 1 hour and 42 minutes, both towers collapsed killing many people. As bad as it seems, 9/11 could have been much worse since Al-Qaeda was targeting both the White House and Capitol Hill. Fortunately, both of those attacks failed but not without other casualties.
Combining all the deaths from the airplanes, employees of the building, firefighters, and citizens of the attacked cities, 2,996 people were killed as well as 6,000 people injured. Three trillion dollars was needed to repair everything damaged from the 9/11 attacks. These attacks were all primarily arranged by the Al-Qaeda leader named Osama Bin Laden who was later killed in 2011. But to show how strong America is, we recovered.
How did this demonstrate America’s strength?
Even with all the damage done to America, America showed nothing would be able to stop them.
Amidst all the destruction Al-Qaeda brought upon America, the flag still waved above all the debris. Brave firefighters sacrificed their lives to save other lives, people helped other people, and as always, America stood united.
Thirteen years later, a new tower opened called the One World Trade Center known to be the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. In the Western Hemisphere, the Freedom Tower holds the position of being the tallest tower surpassing the Willis Tower. America showed the world an attack was going to make America stronger as a nation.
In Memory of the 9/11 Attacks
Surrounded by many trees, those square shaped structures mark the exact places the Twin Towers once stood. Outlining the waterfalls is a railing carved with all the names of the deceased from the 9/11 attacks. Another memorial is the Pentagon Memorial honoring the 184 victims who were killed on 9/11.
As we celebrate 15 years after the 9/11 attacks, we all need to remember the firefighters who sacrificed their lives to save others. Not only has America been changed but the world has been changed forever.
WE WILL NEVER FORGET