" The day that very possibly changed our world "
Written by j3lu on September 11, 2010
September 11, 2001 to September 10th, 2010
The 9th anniversary of the day that forever changed THE U.S.A and alongwith our world we live in.
Meaning - we are all concerned by terrorist attack.
At 8:46 am of Septemeber 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 was crashed into the World Trade Center's North Tower, located in New York City. The plane had been hijacked by terrorists, who purposely flew the plane into the building, which was seen as a sort of symbol of Western wealth. Everyone on Flight 11 was killed, including the terrorists because it was a suicide mission. At first, most people didn't realize that it was a terrorist attack, that is, until the second plane, American Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower at 9:03 am.
In Times Square, every eye was on the screens showing the scene as huge, billowing clouds of smoke drifted from the towers. Flames could be seen lapping from windows, and there was a large hole in the building. Yet, they had been made to endure almost anything, so the Twin Towers stayed standing. But they had been built with steel, the strongest thing they could use, and the hhijacked planes had been heading to the west coast with full tanks of fuel. The fuel increased the sheer heat of the fire, raising the temperature to around 4,000 degrees fahrenheit, or around 2200 degress celcius. This heat was enough to meld and bend the metal, and when it finally became too much, the towers fell, the main steel beams supporting the four corners falling outward and all of the floors falling down.
Also, at 9:37 am, terrorists hijacked and flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon. And American Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Its target had been either the Capitol Building or the White House, but a man on board recieved a cell phone call from his wife, who explained the situation in New York, or at least what she knew of it. The passengers tried to overtake the hijackers, and the plane ultimately crashed into a field, but the story is foggy; there were no survivors on the flight but no one on the ground was killed. Later, one of the people behind the 9/11 attacks said that the hijackers had been told that, rather than being overtaken, they were to crash the plane, so that could also be a possiblity. But either way, the passengers of Flight 93 are considered heroes. Even if it was the terroists who crashed the plane into the field, if the people on board hadn't tried to overtake them, there would've been another attack that day.
I want you to imagine something. Erase every thought from your mind; focus entirely on what I am saying. Imagine yourself, in one of the Twin Towers after the planes hit. And you have a choice. The flames and suffocating smoke are pressing closer, and you are on one of the highest floors, about 90 stories above the ground. The smoke makes it almost pitch black, your eyes sting, and the heat is unbearable. And yet, as if that is not enough, you must choose. You can leave the room you are in and make your way to the hallway, where the flames are and where you would have only the hope that you would find some way to get out. Or, you could use something to break the window. And jump. What would you choose for the death that is almost completely certain? Slowly burning to death, or jumping 90 stories to the ground?
In one of the videos we were shone, the people recording it were in their apartment building a few blocks away from the Twin Towers. They filmed the entire event as it unfolded before them, starting from watching as two people, nothing more than silhouettes, threw themselves from one of the highest floors. They fell so far...we didn't see them land as they faded behind other buildings, but they were like ragdolls as they fell, limp and helpless with no better choice. And if I had thrown myself from the building, I could only imagine those agaonizing moments of thought as you looked death in the eye. What was going through their minds, the last moments before they hit the ground? Then, to the left of the camera, you could see a burst of orange. Sparks and flames. the second tower had been hit. That was when you heard the people recording scream and cry. Because now everyone knew what was happening; it was a terrorist attack.
The killer part for everyone around the country, those in school and those at work or home, was not knowing...how many planes were there? And what would be next? That was reeling through everyone's mind that day, because no one knew. No one knew what was happening or how long it would go on.
In the streets of the area surrounding the burning Twin Towers, people began to flee. A huge, billowing cloud of smoke absolutely blanketed the streets, carrying with it debris. In another video, the person was filming from their window as the sky went from bright and clear one second to darker and darker until a huge, thick, letal cloud of smoke descended upon the people in the streets. It was suffocating, and some were injured by debris while still others have breathing complications today, because of inhaling the fumaes and smoke. Even a few years later, people have died because pf breathing issues from the smoke. Because it wasn't only the people on the planes and the people in the buildings who were effected.
These are the things that, if you are alive to see it, they aren't forgotten. When something like that, with the power to change our whole nation, occurs, you remember it. Our teacher said that he remembers every detail of that day, and when he once went to visit his grandmother, who was around 89 years old, he said that his grandma couldn't remember what she did yesterday, but she could recall every detail about the day Kennedy was assassinated. Because that was like 9/11, something that absolutley changes the US and we all are, in a way, brought closer together. We all suffered the same thing, we all needed a shoulder to cry on. And everyone in our country had experienced the same thing.
Afterwards, that day, eveything was complete and totally choas. The Internet was being used so much by people who wanted to know what happened that it shut down complelely. People from all over the world were trying to figure out what exactly had occured. Cell phone calls couldn't be made because there were so many people trying to contact New York and so many people in New York trying to contact others. Even most landlines were so flooded and overloaded that they no longer worked. The only form of communication and information of any sort was the television. The World Trade Centers were also locations of pver 30 banks of other countries, and if you think that we are not feeling the effects even now, you are wrong. Because when the economy goes bad, it can all be traced back to 9/11. Most of us don't remember much about life before the attacks, but they are a night and day difference.
Over 3000 lives were lost that day. Of course, their were suvivors, people who were mostly on lower floors who got out in time and even some who were alive even after the buildings collapsed. But there was the emergency people, the firefighters and policemen who also lost their lives. We hold their families forever in our hearts, the families of those who lost a loved one to the 9/11 attacks.
While some have thought next to nothing of the September 11, 2001 events, I hope that you can change your point of view. Because this was one of the most pivotal things to ever happen in America, and you should respect the fact that so many lost their lives and that so many gave their lives to try to save others. They will always be remembered.
And so lest we forget September 11, 2001, the day that changed a nation and very possibly, the world.
By Wolf Writer
sillygirl1127 said on September 11, 2010:
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
ONE DAY THAT HAS CHANGED AMERICA FOREVER!!
THIS IS TO HONOR ALL OF THE VICTIMS, & THEIR FAMILIES, FOR
WE WILL "NEVER" FORGET.............
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