Today marks the 11-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania.
I remember exactly where I was on September 11, 2001. Do you remember where you were when 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and deliberately crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania?
The attacks killed nearly 3,000 victims from 93 different nations:
2,753 victims were killed in New York.
184 victims were killed at the Pentagon.
40 victims were killed on Flight 93.
Let us not forget the hundreds of soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the Middle East.
Chain of Events
- American Airlines Flight 11: Left Boston’s Logan Airport at 7:59 a.m. enroute to Los Angeles with a crew of 11 and 76 passengers, not including five hijackers. The hijackers flew the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m.
- United Airlines Flight 175: Left Logan Airport at 8:14 a.m. enroute to Los Angeles with a crew of nine and 51 passengers, not including five hijackers. The hijackers flew the plane into the South Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m.
- American Airlines Flight 77: Left Washington Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia at 8:20 a.m. enroute to Los Angeles with a crew of six and 53 passengers, not including five hijackers. The hijackers flew the plane into the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.
- United Airlines Flight 93: Left Newark International Airport at 8:42 a.m. enroute to San Francisco, with a crew of seven and 33 passengers, not including four hijackers. After the passengers revolted, the hijackers crashed the plane into the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.
Even after 11 years I still have vivid memories of the media coverage as my eyes were fixated on the television screen at the smoldering north tower hovering high above the streets of lower Manhattan. At first it didn’t dawn on me that this was a huge structure that reached 1,368 feet into the sky, but soon I was left wondering how firefighters would extinguish the blaze. Then at 9:03 a.m. the second plane struck the south tower and the shivering realization that catastrophic events were being unleashed right before my eyes blanketed me. I felt fear and anger. I felt remorse and empathy. As an American I felt violated and wanted vengeance for whoever was responsible!
Each and every year the date gets further away, but the memories never diminish…
We all have our own memories of this tragic event, and I just want to urge each and every one of you to always remember and honor the fallen victims of this terrible terrorist act.
- Honor our law enforcement official, firefighters, and military personnel for their sacrifice – both past and currently. They continue to perform their duty despite the possibility of harm or even death.
- Honor the innocent civilians who lost their lives that day, as well as their friends, families and loved ones.
9-11 Memorial Event
Although on this 11th anniversary there will not be a memorial in Waukesha, Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, County Executive Chris Abele and others will honor the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a special ceremony at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center:
September 11, 2012 – 7:30 – 8:15am
War Memorial Center
750 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr,
Mayor Barrett, County Executive Abele, Governor Scott Walker, Police Chief Ed Flynn, Gurmal Singh – Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Other Memorial Services listed at the Journal online.Share this post via: