The announcer said that a jet-liner had hit the World Trade Center in New York. Then, as he was talking, the announcer stammered and stumbled as he shared the news that a second airplane crashed into the second tower of the World Trade Center.
The news was Unbelievable!
I was glued to the radio and TV that day. I watched the towers fall. I saw the destruction. I was shocked by the terrorism. Still, out of the darkness that surrounded the day came stories of heroism and miracles.
Stories of firefighters giving their lives to rescue others. The heroism of the passengers on United 93 that crashed their jet to save others. The hospitality of a small town in Newfoundland that was home to hundreds of stranded air travellers.
This coming weekend marks the 10 year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. We dedicate today’s list to the remembrance of this event.
1. There were a total of 2,996 deaths. Of those, 2977 were innocent victims and 19 were hijackers. 411 of those were Emergency Workers lost their lives.
2. The four planes that were hijacked were American Flight 11, United Flight 175, American Flight 77, and United Flight 93.
3. Four buildings were completely destroyed by the crash and collapse of World Trade Center Towers. Many other buildings suffered significant damage.
4. Al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden admitted orchestrating the attacks.
5. The US closed its airspace for 3 days. Operation Yellow Ribbon was a Canadian response in which 255 international flights were rerouted to Canada. Click to see this NBC report by Tom Brokaw.
6. In response to the attack, the US, supported by NATO, declared “War on Terror”
7. Every year, on the anniversary date, the names of the victims are read aloud at Ground Zero.
What do you remember about 9/11?