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At 8:30 in the evening of September 11, 2001 President Bush told America and the world that, “thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil.
” We watched the events of 9/11 being played again and again on TV that day. The scene was of two hijacked planes which crashed its way into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Pentagon was partially burning and in Pennsylvania another hijacked plane crashed. The President of the United States of America was kept and secured in an undisclosed place. Secret Service Agents were deployed to guard the White House.
US airports stopped flight operations. There was clear and present danger for America. The nation was under attack.
The aftermath of the attacks saw thousands dead and many others hurt, physically and emotionally. Buildings and properties were destroyed. The symbols of the nation were threatened. America bled. The world watched, mourned and wept with America. We were not witness to a greater tragedy in our time than this.
Fire fighters, law enforcers, medical personnel and volunteers worked round-the-clock in search of lives trapped in the rubble. These people worked through their pain, hunger, weariness and personal risks.
People were on vigil, prayed and provided comfort to others. Americans held hands in that time of national grief. Children and adults knew and their minds and in their hearts that they must remain strong and whole over this tragedy that struck their great nation.
When the last of the debris was swept away, the people began to rebuild lives, hopes and dreams. They secured their homes, their communities and this country. Through all that the American spirit that refused to be crashed. To quote President Bush, the attacks “shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
What happened on September 11, 2001? Something that changed the way the world would be as we know it! That day started off as any other. The sun was shining and the sky was blue without a cloud in the sky. That day no one knew what was going to happen. Well except 18 men from the Muslim descent. These 18 men or should I say terrorists, hijacked 4 airliners and used them as bombs to destroy our country.
It was early that Tuesday morning of September 11,2001. At around 9:00 thefirst plane hit the World Trade Center. Then within minutes the Pentagon was feeling the impact of the jets. Two jetliners hit the twin towers and one hit the Pentagon and one crashed into farm land in Pennsylvania. The fourth plane was going to the White House (we think) when the great acts of the passengers would not go down with out a fight.They lost their lives, but saved hundreds of people. Also saved the United States from another tragedy. The tower was engulfed in fire. Thousands of people died in the impacted. Over 266 people were killed on the jetliners as they crashed and burned in their fiery death.
Some people were able to escape the twin towers. Thousands died as the 110 story towers became a nine-story pile of rubble. That day I was not aware of the tragedy until I got to mod 3-4. When I got there Mr. Thomas (my U.S. History teacher at the time) told us to “sit down, be quite, and watch the T.V..” When I heard this I was scared for I was watching history in the making. I did not know what to think, what to do, or what to say. Just like everyone in my class I watched with great amazement. I watched our great country take a fall. That day they sent us home because they wanted us to be with our family in this time of need.
I know when I got home my mother was crying. When I ask her “what is wrong” she said “nothing I am happy you are home.
September 11th was by far the largest intelligence failure in United States history.In 1996, the Philippines warned the FBI of terrorists thinking about taking flight school.Later that year, Somalia offered to turn Osama Bin Laden over to Saudi Arabian authorities, but they declined and he got off scott-free. In January of 2000, at the terrorist summit in Malaysia, the CIA scopes out two men who have airplane tickets to the United States.They contact the FBI and brief them about the two men and suggest putting them on the watch list.
It never gets done. In February of 2001, the director of CIA, George Tenet, warns the FBI that Bin Laden is planning a future attack on the United States.Later, in July, more warnings are called in to the FBI stating that many “middle eastern” men are taking flight school training in Arizona and Florida.The unidentified caller strongly urges they be put on the watch list. In August, President Bush gets a briefing from the CIA stating that Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Queda, are planning a to highjack a plane soon, and attack the United States.Bush tries to act on the message, but doesn’t have enough time to stop it before it happens.On September 10, the NSA records an encrypted message from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan saying, “Tomorrow is zero hour,” and “Tomorrow, it begins.”It took two days to decode the message but it was too late.
The United States had all of the pieces to the jig saw puzzle of a plan when it cam to stopping the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. They just never put them together, thus causing the largest intelligence failure ever.
One day in a person’s life is not supposed to change anything, but on September 11, 2001, the whole world changed.Now, people don’t look through just one eye, they open both eyes and look through both, not knowing when a horrific event like this will happen again.I know that I will never be the same person that I was now that something so terrible happened.I know, the world wont be the same after something like this happening, and the people who did this to us wont be the same either because there will be a lot of changes for them in the long run. There are a few reasons why this time affected me and bothered me; one reason is that I knew two people who were victims of this horrible event.One of the men I knew lived on my block and I will never forget thefirst Christmas that we spent on the block.He came to our front door in a Santa Claus outfit and gave us presents, and since that day we would become great friends with their family.My brother became very good friends with his son.
Once we found out that the boy’s father was missing, I was in shock and my family was in shock.We just couldn’t believe that something like this would happen to him or any of the people that were there and in those two buildings.We spoke with the wife a couple times and tried to help out as much as we could, but we couldn’t help bring her husband back and our good friend.Mr. McGinley will be remembered for always having a smile on his face and for always trying to make you laugh when you were down.He was the true meaning of an American.The second man I knew was a father of one of the kids on the Freshman Football Team.I knew the boy only from school and some classes that I had with him.He is a great kid with a great personality, and nothing like this should have ever affected him and his family.
The tragedy that happened on September 11th has been on all of our minds. It was an act of hate that we are not going to forget anytime soon. But through all the tragedy, we still stand strong as a nation. We are here to fight for what we believe in. The acts on September 11th may have destroyed buildings, but it will not destroy our spirit. Lets take a closer look at the events and the aftermath of this tragedy. What happened on September 11th? At 7:58 a.m. an United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston for Los Angeles, carrying 56 passengers, two pilots, and seven flight attendants. The Boeing 767 is hijacked after takeoff and diverted to New York. Again at 7:59 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 departs Boston for Los Angeles, carrying 81 passengers, two pilots, and nine flight attendants.
This Boeing 767 is also hijacked and diverted to New York. United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 carrying 38 passengers, two pilots, and five flight attendants, leaves Newark, N.J., for San Francisco at around 8:01 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77 departs Washington’s Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles, carrying 58 passengers, two pilots, and four flight attendants. The Boeing 757 is hijacked after takeoff nine minutes later. American Flight 11 from Boston crashes into the north tower at the World Trade Center at 7:45 a.m. 18 minutes later United Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the south tower at the World Trade Center. Eventually, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration shuts down all New York area airports, bridges and tunnels leading into New York City are closed, and all domestic flights are grounded by U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. An hour after thefirst crash, American Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon. At 10:05 a.m., the south tower at the World Trade Center collapses and the White House is evacuated. Five minutes later a large section of one side of The Pentagon collapses.
The morning of September 11, 2002 started like every other morning for me.I got ready for school, and eventually, I was taking World History in Laredo Texas. It was an easy and interesting class, plus the teacher was really understanding. Anyway, we were talking about the Sumerians or something, when suddenly another teacher came running into class and said “Mrs.Wright, a plane just crashed into the Twin Towers!”. Atfirst I thought it was just an accident, but when Mrs Wright turned on the TV and I saw what happened, I know immediately that this would go down in history as an infamous day. Both towers had already been hit and both of them were burning fast. About thirty other students came into our classroom to see for themselves, cause the room next to it did not have a TV. Everyone was shocked.
I remember it was around 8:30 AM when we saw that, so we got to see the Pentagon crash Live. When that third hijacked plane hit the Pentagon, Mrs.Wright along with other female students seemed very scared. “It’s our doomsday people” said one teacher. It was obvious, the panic had started to sink in. After that class we all went to the library to have a closer look at the incident, and there we got to see the towers collapse, also live. Everyone was shocked. At around 10:00 AM, we were informed that the international bridges were about to be closed down, so me and a friend called her mom and we came home. Everyone at the bridge were panicking, there were already some armed soldiers in there. As far as I know, there were 4 hijacked planes, tow of them hit the WTC towers, one of them hit the Pentagon, and the other fialed to meet its destini and crashed in Virginia. None of the hijackers were Afghani, they were all Saudi Arabian. Well, after around an hour, the news started circling all throughout the world, and Usama Bin Laden (it’s spelled Usama not Osama) was quickly pointed as the responsible one.