Today our insurance agency would like to remind you to hold a moment of silence for the families, victims, and fallen heroes of 9/11. America faced one of its greatest tragedies 17 years ago today, and 9/11 is a day that will be remembered in history forever.
On September 11, 2001, New York City was waking up as millions of people commuted to work, school, or other commitments as a normal part of their day. However, the lives of innocent people completely changed when an airplane suddenly crashed into the North Tower of The World Trade Center at 8:45AM. Following the first crash, another airplane crashed into the South Tower 18 minutes later.
Within 15 minutes of impact, the South Tower fell, and at 10:30AM, the North Tower collapsed. Debris, smoke, jet fuel, and other toxins covered Manhattan for days following the terror attacks, and clean up of Ground Zero took months.
News outlets and radio stations alerted citizens across the country, and the world watched as the devastation unfolded in the United States of America.
The Aftermath of 9/11
The attacks during 9/11 left many victims stunned, injured, or trapped amongst all of the rubble. However, first responders bravely ran to the scene and many risked their lives to save and care for the victims who needed help immediately. Unfortunately though, not everyone could be saved, and for months the streets of New York were covered with flyers of missing persons. Still to this day thousands of missing people have yet to be found. Many of the firefighters and police officers who lost their lives on 9/11, are also still missing.
Additionally, 9/11 survivors have to cope with the physical effects of these attacks that have caused serious health problems.
Multiple Terror Attacks
While the world was focused on the tragedy occurring in New York, two other planes were hijacked shortly after the twin towers collapsed. American Airlines Flight 77 flew towards Washington, D.C. and crashed into the Pentagon at 9:45 AM. In New Jersey, passengers on United Flight 93 bravely fought the hijackers and crashed into rural Shanksville, PA at 10:10 AM rather than the intended target, the White House.
All 4 planes had been hijacked by members of the Islamic terrorist group, al-Queda. Osama bin Laden, who overlooked these attacks, was eventually captured in June 2011.
Picking Up the Pieces
Recovering from such a tragic event takes time. Clean up took about 8 months, and 1.8 million tons of debris were removed from Ground Zero. Today, memorials have been constructed in place as a reminder of where the towers once stood.
One World Trade Center took 11 years to build, and remains one of the tallest buildings in New York to date. You can visit the observatory in the One World Trade center, as well as, see a timelapse of the incredible construction that took place during the rebuild.
In honor of remembrance, consider visiting the 9/11 Memorial & Museum or giving a donation to help preserve the memories of those who lost their lives. We must commemorate the thousands of people who lost their lives on 9/11. We must never forget. United together, America will always remain strong. To learn more about what you can expect in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, check out our insurance agency’s trip to it by clicking the button below.