September 11, 2001 – A day that changed a nation and the world as we know it. On that day, nineteen militants of the Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes before launching a suicide attack against the United States of America.
Two of the four planes flew into New York’s World Trade Center Twin Towers. The third hit the Pentagon while the fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
The attack killed almost three-thousand people and thus triggered the US initiative to combat terrorism which defined the presidency of George W. Bush.
Thousands of people are expected to gather in New York City and in Pennsylvania to remember those who lost their lives in the attack.
In NYC, a ceremony will be held at the Memorial site where mourners gather, just like every year since that tragic day.
The ceremony will see a reading of victims’ names from the WTC attacks of both 1993 and 2001.
There will also be a city-wide moment of silence at 8.46 am (USA time), the time American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. A second moment of silence will be observed at 9.03 am, when United Airlines flight 175 struck the South Tower.
More moments of silence will be observed at 9.37 am, 9.59 am, 10.03 am and 10.28 am for the American Airlines flight 77 which hit the Pentagon, when the South Tower fell, when United Fligh 93 hit the ground in Pennsylvania and when the North Tower collapsed, respectively.
Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks and a U.S.-led war in Afghanistan followed.
The Al-Qaeda was against the US’s support of Israel, it’s part int he Persian Gulf War and continued military presence in the Middle East.
Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the country in the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation.
U.S. forces killed bin Laden in May 2011 in a surprise raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan, ending a nearly 10-year hunt for the al Qaeda leader.
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