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America remembers the tragic attack of 9/11

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One day a year people are reminded of the devastating destruction of buildings, land, and lives. It’s the time of the year where people remember the individuals who lost their lives and lost their loved ones in the attack.

On September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack occurred in the United States. The attackers were members of an Islamic group called al Qaeda that was founded by Osama Bin Laden. Laden lead the hijack of four planes to crash and kill thousands. Two planes were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City to the . The third plane hit the Pentagon outside Washington D.C., and the fourth plane crashed into a Pennsylvania field. In total, 2, 996 people died, including the 19 hijackers.

 Journalism adviser Nicole Sanders was expecting her third child, Madeline who is now 13,  while being married to an Air Force aviator. While watching the news in the morning she watched the first plane hit the twin towers. Not knowing exactly what to do or think, she called to her husband to see if he knew what was going on, asking for an explanation.

“No, that is no small aircraft,” Sanders’s husband replied knowing that something was terribly wrong.

The crashing of the two planes into the Twin Towers left a gaping impact that burned a hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper at 8:46 a.m. This killed and trapped hundreds more in the higher floors instantly. Many people from the higher floors jumped to their death in order to escape burning to death. Then the second plane turned and slammed into the other tower that caused a huge explosion that covered the city below at 9:03 a.m. The towers then fell to the ground killing thousands of people.

I, Lily Hager, was just an infant on this day. To me, 9/11 left more of an impact than burning buildings. Although I cannot remember the fear and violence, I am still impacted by it today. I am so proud that our country doesn’t forget this day. September 11 was reality’s way of popping our imaginary safety bubble that we once blew around ourselves. My dad was in the army, and I appreciate his and every other man or woman who served to protect us from attacks like 9/11.

At around 9:37 a.m., the third plane that hit the Pentagon swooped down and crashed into the facade and exploded killing everyone on board and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building.

The last plane was crashed deliberately at 10:07 a.m. into a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania after passengers and crew members aboard the hijacked flight found out about the previous plane attacks and wanted to retake the plane. This killed 40 passengers and crew members of the plane. The men and women of this plane payed a brave and heroic price after they had heard of other attacks from friends and family over phone by taking the plane down with them into a field.

The attacks were suicide attacks used to target U.S. landmarks that are symbolic. While they are suicide attacks, they took the lives of thousands of innocent people with them. The reasoning for the attacks are believed to be a response to the “attacks against Muslims” in Somalia.

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