By; Alea Martino
On September 11, 2001, a series of events that shook the foundation of America took place in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania. Two airliners flew directly into the World Trade Center, another into the Pentagon, and one crash landed in a field while heading for the White House, killing a staggering total of 3,045 people.
The fourth plane that was headed for the White House was actually crashed by the passengers. Since the plane had been delayed and left the airport late, they already knew about the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Once they realized that the plane was not, in fact, returning to an airport like the assumed pilot had claimed, the passengers and flight attendants decided to take matters into their own hands.
A passenger,Todd Beamer, was heard saying “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.” over a line that was left open at the time. Another passenger,Thomas Burnett Jr., was heard telling his wife over the phone: “I know we’re all going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.” They then proceeded to attack the four terrorists aboard the plane and are suspected of spraying the plane cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. No one survived.
This awful day lives in the memory of people who lost someone to it, or saw the terrorizing event happen. Young people who didn’t witness it only hear stories and have probably hear the words “nine eleven” at some point, but they will never know how that day felt. How strange and surreal it was to people who saw it on the news but lived hundreds of miles away, aware of the fact that America was under attack. Stories are all they will ever hear, and soon it will fade until it only ever is a story, not something people want to remember at all. The people who died will be forgotten, and so will the terrorists, but the words will never fade. Remember 9/11.
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