9/11 Remembrance Day 2022: This year marks the 21st anniversary of 9/11 Day, also known as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. In remembrance of those killed and injured on September 11, 2001, the day offers an opportunity to support others. Let’s read more about it in-depth.
Following former President Barack Obama’s declaration, 9/11 is now observed as a “Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance” rather than a government holiday in 2016.
There are several reasons 9/11 is not an official holiday, according to USA Today, but the day honors the memory of the lost while encouraging Americans to engage in volunteerism.
Making the day a government holiday, according to Donald Wolfensberger, a former member of the House Rules Committee’s staff, “might “take the focus away” from memorial services held at federal buildings like the Pentagon.
About 9/11 Attacks
On September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists associated with the Islamic extremist organization, al Qaeda hijacked four aircraft. They carried out suicide bombings against American targets. Two of the aircraft crashed into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York City. A fourth plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, while a third plane crashed near Washington, D.C. in the Pentagon. About 3000 individuals were killed in the terrorist strikes of September 11, 2001.
What happened at the World Trade Center?
On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m., an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed with the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. There were 20,000 gallons of jet fuel inside.
Hundreds of people were killed instantly and hundreds more were trapped on upper floors due to the severe impact.
Then, 18 minutes after the first plane made contact, United Airlines Flight 175, a second Boeing 767, made contact with the south tower close to the 60th level.
It was obvious that the US was being attacked. The assault severely destroyed every building and caused it to catch fire.
Around 9:37 a.m., American Airlines flight 77, departing from Dulles Airport outside Washington, D.C., crashed into the Pentagon’s southwest side. Additionally, it had a disastrous effect that caused a section of the enormous concrete structure to collapse structurally. The US Department of Defense’s administrative center is located there.
Twin Towers Collapse
At 10:30 a.m., the twin towers’ north building collapsed. Six people were the only ones to survive at the time in the World Trade Center towers. About 10,000 people received medical attention after being injured.
In the interim, at 10:03 a.m. United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey, the fourth plane, went down close to Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The 44 victims were all killed.
Rescue efforts were launched around the nation. The 9/11 attacks are reported to have killed close to 3000 people. There were roughly 2,750 deaths in New York, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in Pennsylvania. And all 19 terrorists died.
A Few Facts
After a year of attacks, President Bush declared the inaugural Patriot Day in September 2002.
Former President Obama declared September 11 to be a National Day of Service and Remembrance in September 2016.
In 2017, former President Donald Trump announced September 11 as Patriot Day and September 8–10 as National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Some Heart Melting Images After the 9/11 Attack
Ans. The World Trade Center (WTC) was a 16-acre commercial complex in lower Manhattan that contained seven buildings, a large plaza, and an underground shopping mall that connected six of the buildings. The centerpieces of the complex were the Twin Towers. On September 11, 2001, the entire complex was destroyed in a terrorist attack that has come to be referred to as “9/11.”
Ans. The Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in New York City. At 110 stories each, 1 WTC (North Tower) and 2 WTC (South Tower) provided nearly 10 million square feet of office space for about 35,000 people and 430 companies. For a brief period upon their completion in 1973, they were the tallest buildings in the world. They attracted roughly 70,000 commuters and tourists daily.
Ans. “9/11” is shorthand for four coordinated terrorist attacks carried out by al-Qaeda, an Islamist extremist group, that occurred on the morning of September 11, 2001.
Ans. Fifteen of the 19 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia. Two were from the United Arab Emirates, one was from Lebanon, and one was from Egypt.
Ans. The hijacked Flight 11 crashed into floors 93 to 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC) at 8:46 a.m. The hijacked Flight 175 struck floors 77 to 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC) 17 minutes later at 9:03 a.m. When the towers were struck, between 16,400 and 18,000 people were in the WTC complex. Of those, the vast majority evacuated safely. As they rushed out, first responders rushed in trying to save those still trapped or injured.
Ans. The terrorists did not have the capacity to destroy the United States militarily, so they set their sights on symbolic targets instead. The Twin Towers, as the centerpieces of the World Trade Center, symbolized globalization and America’s economic power and prosperity.
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