September 11th is tomorrow. It’s been eighteen years since one of the most memorable days in the history of the United States when more than 3,000 people were killed in multiple terrorist attacks on the East Coast.
When looking for the right things to say to convey the gravity and magnitude of this horrid day, there were/are no words to encapsulate it.
Researching 9/11 for content for this blog, we came upon this video from history.com. Striking awe and unspeakable sadness in us with a small glimpse reminding us of how awful this day truly was, this video is better than anything we could say. September 11, 2001. We will never forget.
- Nineteen men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast destinations. In the attacks, people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attack was orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
- At the World Trade Center (WTC) site in Lower Manhattan, 2,753 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 were intentionally crashed into the north and south towers, or as a result of the crashes.
- Of those who perished during the initial attacks and the subsequent collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority. The victims ranged in age from two to 85 years. Approximately 75-80% of the victims were men.
- At the Pentagon in Washington, 184 people were killed when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building.
- Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 40 passengers and crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 died when the plane crashed into a field. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew attempted to retake control of the flight deck.
- As of July 2019, 1,644 (60%) of 2,753 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office.
9/11 Remembrance in Prescott, Arizona:
If you’re looking for a way to further remember this day, don’t forget about Healing Fields going on at the Prescott Valley Civic Center Lawn this week. Stop by to see each life lost on 9/11 represented by an American flag, including a short bio of their life. For more information about this week long event, check out our blog about it here.