Remembering 9/11: 15 years later, America is still recovering

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World Trade Center Site am 11. September 2001. Photo courtesy of Greg Seminger (NYPD Aviation Unit), Wikimedia Commons

By Benjamin Ramirez

It has been 15 years, and Americans are still recovering from the tragedy of 9/11. Most adults can still recall what they were doing and where they were that day. The younger
generations, however, cannot remember the event, and yet the impact still is still evident.

On September 11, 2001, in New York City (NYC) two airplanes that had been hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists hit the World Trade Center. At the same time, two other airplanes were headed for the Pentagon and the White House. One plane did hit the Pentagon, but the passengers aboard the plane that would have crashed into the White House successfully overtook the plane instead, causing it to crash land in a field in Pennsylvania.

2,977 lives were lost that day.

On September 12, 2001, the front page of the New York Times read“U.S. attacked.” The Los Angeles Times read “Terrorists attack New York, Pentagon,” and the Houston Chronicle read “Terror hits home.”

The attacks of 9/11 caused the most simultaneous deaths on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Similar to President Roosevelt after the attack on Pearl
Harbor, President Bush sprang into action, sending military forces into Afghanistan within the next month.

September 11 is an event that altered the course of America. As a result, America entered into two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. America has also waged an even larger war on Islamic
terrorism, an entity that seeks to completely destroy western values.

Although the World Trade Center has since been rebuilt, and fittingly named the Freedom Tower, the memory of the fallen men and women is still present in Manhattan today. At Ground Zero stands the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and in the exact locations of where the twin towers stood are two fountains making an outline of the buildings which contain the names of all those who perished in the attack. As a tribute to the lives lost, lights resembling the Twin Towers illuminate the NYC skyline on September 11. These actions have further instilled into the minds of the American people that NYC and America overall will never forget what happened.

Every year America comes together to remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives attempting to save the lives of others, as well as the innocent people who died at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and the field in Pennsylvania. Although we have moved forward since then, Americans will never forget the senseless violence and terror that destroyed the hearts of America on September 11, 2001.

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