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The Story of 9/11


Q. What were you doing during the attacks?

Mrs. Rocke – “I was with my oldest son, playing with toys.”
Mr. Ferguson – “I was in class.”
Mrs. Ogg – “I had just put my oldest child on the school bus when my friend called and told me to turn on the TV. So I sat and watched the rest of the morning with my husband.”
Mr. Trout – “I was a stay-at-home dad, doing laundry, when my wife called me and told me that a plane had crashed into the Twin Towers. At first, I didn’t think much about it, but then she told me it was a passenger plane, and I watched everything unfold from there.”

Q. What do you remember most about 9/11?

Mrs. Rocke – “Watching the towers fall on TV.”
Mr. Ferguson – “Seeing it on the internet after the second tower and realizing it wasn’t an accident.”
Mrs. Ogg – “It felt like a time when our country came together and turned to God for help.”
Mr. Trout – “Watching the event on live television and seeing all the things happen in real time.”

On September 11th, 2001, the Twin Towers were hit by the terrorist organization Al Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden while working with Afghan Mujahedeen. We interviewed a few teachers about what they were doing when it happened and what they remember most about that day (see their answers above). The 9/11 attacks were the largest and most radical event in terrorism history, and yet almost all of it was inspired by just Osama Bin Laden alone. Even more astonishing, only nineteen people and four commercial planes were used to carry out the attacks. These days, most, if not all, people have at least heard of the tragedy of the Twin Towers. However, what most people don’t know is that other buildings were also hit or affected by the devastating attacks. The other buildings that were destroyed include the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Marriott Hotel (3 WTC), South Plaza (4 WTC), U.S. Customs (6 WTC), and of course, the Pentagon. Except for the Pentagon, none of these buildings were actually hit by commercial planes, but they were strongly affected. How, you ask? Well, the destruction or damage of these buildings was actually caused by all the debris that was falling from the Twin Towers after they had been hit. All the buildings, except for the Pentagon, were relatively close to both towers during the attacks, and so they suffered the consequences. Come to think of it, all of America suffered in some way on September 11th, 2001. Whether it was losing a loved one or just watching the attacks on TV. So let’s do our best to honor these people: the firefighters, police officers, and everyone else who participated in this tragic event.

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