“Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.”

“On this day 19 years ago, almost 3,000 people were killed in the largest terrorist attack on American soil.

The attacks started at 8:46 a.m. when hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crashed the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building. Just 17 minutes later, hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into the World Trade Center’s South Tower, killing all on board and more inside the trade center.

Thousands more died when both towers crashed down less than an hour after being attacked.

The 9/11 attacks weren’t limited to New York. Flight 77 crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m., killing 50 people on board and 125 inside the Washington, D.C. home of the Department of Defense. A fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field, killing all on board as passengers and crew attempted to wrest control from the hijackers.

Among the fatalities that day were 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers and 55 military personnel.

Today is officially called “Patriot Day,” a national day of service and remembrance that commemorates the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001.”

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6 Comments on ““Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    That day is one of those days one never forget and also remember what one was doing when it happened.

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      This day and the day in Dallas when President Kennedy was shot are the two times I do remember exactly where I was.

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Here in Grapevine we have a memorial to the 33 American Airlines crewmembers who died when their aircraft were hijacked and turned into missiles on that terrible day.

    https://gograpevine.com/listing/911-plaza/

    Also, here’s a link to an article about the people of Gandar Newfoundland and the surrounding area. They took in the passengers and crew of the 33 airplanes that landed at the airport on that day and their kindness to everyone. Gandar has only about 10,000 population and they took care of over 6,000 guests for three days.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/on-sept-11-a-tiny-canadian-town-opened-its-runways-and-heart-to-7000-stranded-travelers/2016/09/08/89d875da-75e5-11e6-8149-b8d05321db62_story.html

    Their story inspired the Broadway musical, “Come From Away”.

    I remember being aghast at the sight on the TV screen as I watched the two towers collapse. For the next few days it was very weird seeing one of the busiest airports in the world, DFW, completely shutdown. The runways are right across the street from my office. No departures, no arrivals and no movements at all. For those few days the skies belonged to the birds again.

    Sunny skies but highs in the mid 70s.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Those are such beautiful gardens. The memorial is striking.

      The other day I watched the new documentary about Gander and the thousands of people they fed and cared for during that time. It was amazing how they managed to land and park 38 planes. “There wasn’t a single stove that wasn’t on cooking for us”, was one of the comments from a stranded traveler.

      I was watching in school. We got a call from the mother of one of our staff members whose husband was on one of the planes. She didn’t know. She was teaching. The principal called her into the office where she was told. I remember hearing the scream. The superintendent called and said not to let students watch the burins towers because of the people who jumped. I remember parents coming to get their kids.

      We don’t forget.


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