This time of year is always tough and very emotional, because on this day 12 years ago four coordinated terrorist attacks were launched by the group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and Washington D.C. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four passenger airlines were hijacked so they could be flown into buildings. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Within hours, both towers collapsed. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the Pentagon leading to a partial collapse. The fourth plane, United Airlines flight 93 was targeted at Washington, D.C.,but thankfully crashed into a field near Shanksville, PA after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.
So please, take a moment and think of your loved ones and be thankful. Remember those who have fought and died for the United States of America, and thank those who have managed to get home safely. I was lucky enough to go to the 9/11 memorial last summer in New York and it’s very emotional, but absolutely amazing, if you ever get a chance to go it’s 100% worth it. Our condolences go out to the families that were and still are affected by this tragic event.