(Tea Party PAC) – It’s not hard to remember the tragedy that befell our nation on September 11, 2001, because it’s a day none of us who were alive at the time will ever forget. Up until that day, many of us as Americans never even thought about terrorists attacks on our own soil, believing our nation to be totally impervious to such things.
There’s no way such a thing could happen here in America. Terrorist attacks only happen in Middle East countries like Iran or Iraq. No way something like that could ever take place at home. It was just totally unfathomable to the human brain to think something as devastating as what happened when radical Islamic terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center could happen outside of a big budget Hollywood action movie.
But it did.
And 3,000 Americans lost their lives that horrific day. Each and every year we take time on the anniversary of the attack to soberly reflect on what happened when the Twin Towers fell, and this year will be no different.
In fact, check out some of these original newscasts from the day of the attack, along with rare footage of the towers falling via American Military News:
On Sept. 11, 2001, the world’s deadliest terror attack claimed the lives of 2,977 people.
Join us for a moment of silence today on 9/11. Never forget those thousands of Americans who died that day, afterwards and our service members who've died in the War on Terror. God Bless America. #NeverForget
Posted by American Military News on Friday, September 11, 2020
Here is a montage of the original newscasts as the nation reacts with confusion, then horror, as the Twin Towers come down, then resolve.
During the early parts of 9/11, Peter Jennings was the face of the day’s newscasts. At the time, he could be considered one of America’s most trusted news anchors.
Here is the original newscast from Peter Jennings as the world slowly realizes what is happening:
While Peter Jennings was on the news, New York’s first responders were on the ground when the towers collapsed. Thousands of people were in the towers, including first responders:
Regular New Yorkers and those across the river in New Jersey took their own videos.
Caroline Dries, an NYU student at the time, shot dramatic home video footage of the 9/11 tragedy. Her and her friends’ reactions are terrifying and really bring home the reaction of the nation:
Here is the South Tower collapsing from a New Yorker’s footage on the ground:
Horrifically, the fires and debris were so intense that people jumped out of the Twin Towers to their deaths (caution: this can be upsetting to watch):
9/11: Never forget.
Here is the timeline of events from that day:
– 8:46 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
– 9:37 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.
– 9:59 a.m. ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.
– 10:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
– 10:28 a.m. ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.
This day will forever be remembered as a scar on our nation, one that still hasn’t really healed all these years later. It probably never will for those of us who were there when it happened.
We lost so many wonderful people that day. The loss of life is beyond catastrophic, especially for the families who would no longer see loved ones coming home from work.
What was amazing about the attacks, though, was what happened to us as a culture just after the event transpired. Americans set aside all of their differences and became a unified people. Liberals and conservatives banded together for comfort and encouragement. We shared one identity. We were Americans.
If only we could recapture that sense of family and unity now. Our country would be so much better off. Here’s to hoping we don’t need another awful tragedy in order to once again stand together, shoulder-to-shoulder as one nation under God.