On September 11, 2001, a total of 19 terrorists changed…

On September 11, 2001, a total of 19 terrorists changed America forever. They executed four suicide attacks on civilian and government targets in Washington, D.C., and New York City. On that clear, Tuesday morning, terrorists from al-Qaeda, an Islamist militant group, hijacked four passenger jets. They plotted to crash two flights, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, fully loaded with fuel and helpless passengers, into the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Both attacks went as planned, and within two hours the towers collapsed with many people still inside.

The third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was intentionally crashed into the Pentagon, while the fourth hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was forced to turn around from its route to San Francisco and redirected to Washington, D.C. Its target, the Capitol Building or White House. However, the passengers of Flight 93, alerted to the earlier attacks, banded together to thwart their hijackers. At the cost of their own lives, they managed to force the plane down into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Flight 93 temporary memorial in Pennsylvania

On that day, close to 3,000 people were killed, including the 246 civilians aboard the four planes. Not since 1941 has America experienced such a unprovoked attack, but this time the casualties were mainly civilians who and first responders. (In comparison, the attack on Pearl Harbor that had America enter World War II was a military attack on military targets.)

Following the attacks and to the terrorists’ dismay, Americans came together with resolve and determination. President George W. Bush climbed on top of the rubble of Ground Zero and told the world that, as a nation, we still stood united and strong. The U.S. placed warplanes above its cities, while New York and the Pentagon fought their fires and searched through the rubble, finding far too few survivors. In the following weeks, Americans buried their dead. Joined by friends, they questioned who would perform such a cowardly act.

On this anniversary, as the people of Denver, North Carolina, have so beautifully shown in the accompanying video, we honor the men and women of many nations who died at the hands of extremists, as well as all the lives touched and lost in the 11 years since. We will never be the same. And we thank those who stand guard to ensure those freedoms remain and to bring to justice those who have done us harm. Thank you all.

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  • Bonnot

    Bravo for the remember 9/11 Un film émouvant , nous n’oublirons jamais .
    God bless America In god we trust .


  • daniel

    amen too all of the above!!!

  • David Cook

    Your oh so right Bill. Freedom is never free, so why is Obama taking it upon himself to take away our freedoms. He’s suppose to the Leader of the Free world yet he is doing everything he can to dismantle the freedoms we have fought and died for. Our founding fathers were a lot smarter than the People we have in office at the present time. I don’t want God taken out of our Pledge of Alegence and if that happens what good is it to testify in court with your hand on the bible and swear to God that your will tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God. We open ourselves to making purgery a laughible matter and something that is unforceable. I will never forget 911 and all the brave men and women of the Fire deparment and Police department plus the citizens who on their own helped their brother countrymen ignoring possible injury or death to help others.

  • Bud

    Thank You Tactical Life for letting us remember.
    Semper Fi

  • God Bless America & our brave Military men & women! Support & honor our Veterans! Freedom is never Free!