Today it has been 18 years since the skyline of New York City and the lives of every American was changed forever. Some of us remember watching the events of that day through the eyes of an adult. Others remember the fear of the attacks as a child. It was the darkest day in our history. Watching the destruction is as surreal now as it was then. The bravery of the first responders still resonates with us as a reminder of how great we can be in the face of fear and evil. We are reminded that this country is more than a place and our citizens are more than people.
Even if it is hard to remember that day it is important to take a moment or many moments today to remember the great loss we shared. The sacrifice, the fear, the tears, and the lives of everyone who was effected that day.
It was a normal Tuesday. A business day, a school day.
7:59 AM– American Airlines Flight 11: a Boeing 767 aircraft, departed Logan Airport en route to Los Angeles with a crew of 11 and 76 passengers, not including five hijackers.
8:14 AM– United Airlines Flight 175: a Boeing 767 aircraft, departed Logan Airport en route to Los Angeles with a crew of nine and 51 passengers, not including five hijackers.
8:20 AM– American Airlines Flight 77: a Boeing 757 aircraft, departed Washington Dulles International Airport en route to Los Angeles with a crew of six and 53 passengers, not including five hijackers.
8:42 AM– United Airlines Flight 93: a Boeing 757 aircraft, departed Newark International Airport en route to San Francisco, with a crew of seven and 33 passengers, not including four hijackers.
8:46 AM– The hijackers flew the plane into the northern facade of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
9:03 AM– The hijackers flew the plane into the southern facade of the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
9:37 AM– The hijackers flew the plane into the western facade of the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia.
10:03 AM– As passengers attempted to subdue the hijackers, the aircraft crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Everything changed. And we will Never Forget.
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