The day the world was changed: 9-11 attacks

Cara Smith ‘15

Photographer

In 2011, Helen and Sarah Kozian look at the memorial site in Shanksville, PA, where Flight 93 went down during the 9-11 terrorist attack.

In 2011, Helen and Sarah Kozian look at the memorial site in Shanksville, PA, where Flight 93 went down during the 9-11 terrorist attack.

September 11, 2001, is a day that Americans will never forget. On this day, the United States endured the most vicious terrorist attack of all time. Four passenger planes were hijacked by terrorists to be flown into buildings in suicide attacks.

Two of the planes deliberately crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. A third plane hit the western side of the Pentagon, just outside of Washington, D.C. The fourth hijacked plane never reached its intended target, the Capitol Building. The crew and passengers of this flight fought back against the terrorists, resulting in it crashing down in a field in Pennsylvania. The attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people, including the 19 hijackers.

“I was at school teaching and walked into a co-worker’s room while they were watching the attack live. I asked him if he was watching a movie and I was shocked when he told me that this was really happening,” said Biology and Anatomy teacher Kristen Cote.

Most students at Crusader Nation are too young to remember the attack, but it is a day that teachers will never forget.

“Churches had never been so full. People actually began to sing the National Anthem. Patriotism rose after that day,” said Laura Burback, math parapro.

There is now a memorial in New York City at the site of the World Trade Center. There are two memorial pools in place of where the twin towers once stood. The names of every person who lost his or her life in the terrorist attacks of September 11 are inscribed in bronze around the twin memorial pools, according to 911memorial.org. The memorial plaza includes many trees to accompany the pear tree that survived the attack; the tree is now known as the Survivor Tree. There is also the Tribute in Light, which is an art installation of searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the twin towers.

Each year, Americans unite to reflect on this tragedy and remember those who lost their lives. It is important to remember September 11, 2001, and honor those who lost family and friends on that day.