It started as a typical day for most Americans. The alarm clock went off like usual. Grabbed the morning coffee. Sent the kids off to school. Got on the train or into the car to head into work and start the day. For most nothing was unusual. Just a normal day. It was a Tuesday morning on September 11, 2001 and no one was prepared for what was to happen at 8:45 a.m. What had been just a regular day suddenly became one of the worst days in modern American history.
A hijacked passenger jet, American Airlines Flight 11 out of Boston, Massachusetts crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, tearing a hole into the building and setting it afire. At first, many thought it to be a freak accident as the news suddenly cut into regularly televised programs unable to confirm that it was a terrorist attack. But at 9:03 a.m. a second hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center and exploded. At that time, both buildings were burning and it seemed clear at that point that we were all watching an active attack on America.
At 9:30 a.m. President George W. Bush announced that the country had suffered an “apparent terrorist attack” from Sarasota, Florida.
Following President Bush’s statement the Federal Aviation Administration halted operations at U.S. airports nationwide.
At 9:43 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. Immediately, the Pentagon and White House evacuate. No one knew would could possibly happen next as every strike seemed to catch the country by surprise.
At 11:26 a.m. United Airlines reported that Flight 93 had crashed in Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of first responders charged towards the burning buildings on September 11th. Firefighters, Police Officers, EMS teams, all working together to help as many people to safety as possible. Many first responders lost their lives on that horrid day along with thousands of other victims of the attack.
At 8:30 p.m. President Bush addressed the nation:
The country came together on that day and fought side by side for one another. Since that day, on September 11th, we all take a moment to remember those who lost their lives as well as those who sacrificed their own for the sake of another. And while many years have passed since that day we still remember and will never forget.
Thank you to all the great women and men in the military and the first responders for their undying courage and everyday sacrifice.