Tuesday, September 11, 2012

9-11 Eleventh Anniversary

Today is as many of us in the States are aware of the eleventh anniversary of the al-Qaeda triggered terror attacks on this date in 2001.   Four passenger jets were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center towers in New York, and the Pentagon outside Washington DC from 8:46 AM EDT to 10:28 AM EDT 

Another attack on the US Capitol building was foiled when the passengers on that hijacked Flight 93 attempted to take it over and it crashed in a field near Shanksville, PA.  

Many of us remember what we were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001 as we tried to get news about the extent of the attacks and the developing chaotic situation.   The attacks killed nearly 3000 people, resulted in the failure and collapse of both World Trade Center towers and severe damage to the Pentagon.

US airspace was closed at 9:45 AM EDT, resulting in the rerouting of inbound international passenger aircraft to Canada and the initiation of Operation Yellow Ribbon.

The mastermind of the attack, Osama bin Laden now lies at the bottom of the Arabian Sea in an undisclosed location after he was finally caught in Abbbotabad, Pakistan by SEAL Team 6 on May 1, 2011. A national memorial has been built and dedicated on that site and a new 1,776 foot tower is rising in the New York skyline

But even though it has been eleven years since that horrific day, the memories of it have yet to fade from our collective national consciousness and probably wont for a long time.. 

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