9.11.2001 – Never Forget, Never Forgive
We Remember – On this day 18 years ago, on September 11, 2001, unimaginable horror struck America when four commercial flights were hijacked by armed Muslim terrorists who launched the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.
The day will be commemorated with solemn ceremonies and memorials not only in the cities and towns directly impacted by the terror attacks, but throughout much of the United States, and even globally.
A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Former President George W. Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, is due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.
Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero. The attacks’ aftermath is visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan. A rocket exploded at the U.S. embassy as the anniversary began in Afghanistan, where a post-9/11 operation has become America’s longest war.
On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were murdered, including citizens of 77 countries, when 19 al-Qaeda Muslim terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners and utilized them in a series of coordinated terror attacks on American soil.
The terror attacks resulted in the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City and also damaged the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States military, in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth hijacked plane, believed to be bound for either the U.S. Capitol or the White House in Washington, D.C., crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania after the passengers fought back against the terrorists.
The attacks claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people and caused more than $10 billion in property damage, leading to a long and arduous rebuilding effort at ‘Ground Zero’ in New York City, which is still ongoing 18 years after the attacks.
The repercussions of the attacks are still felt to this day, leading to greatly enhanced security screenings at airports and other transit hubs, the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the launch of the War on Terror by the United States and its allied nations, which eventually led to the elimination of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011.