11 September 2015

On This Day: Never forget, Memory Eternal

It was 14 years ago On This Day, that a plane – an American Airlines Boeing 767 – crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. That was at 8:45 a.m. as many people were starting their work day. Many onlookers and even most media thought this to be an accident. First responders jumped into action. They knew. Just 18 minute later, a second plane – another Boeing 767 – turned sharply into the south tower. A massive explosion brought debris raining down. There was no doubt: America was under attack. 

Another plane crashed into the Pentagon an hour after the first crash. A fourth plane – United Flight 93 – never made it to its final destination. Passengers called loved ones, said their goodbyes, united together and overtook the plane. It crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA.  

President George W. Bush wisely grounded all air traffic almost immediately. This action is believed to have foiled several other possible attacks.


On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.

© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.