At 8:46am American Airlines Flight 11 flew into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. We all assumed it was a freak accident. Until it was followed at 9:03 by United Airlines Flight 175 which struck the South Tower. It was then our world changed forever as we all watched with the horrified realization we were under attack.
The horror continued at 9:37 when American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the Pentagon in Washington, DC. United Flight 93 was slated to strike either the United States Capitol or the White House, but thanks to the brave efforts of the passengers on that plane, they crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03.
At approximately 9:59, the South Tower pancaked after burning for nearly an hour. It was the most chilling scene I’d ever seen in my life. It was followed by the collapse of the North Tower at 10:28. Its collapse brought about the eventual collapse of 7 World Trade Center, an adjacent building.
We lost 2,977 people that day. Some were foreigners but they were all ours. They will always be ours.
To my friends who lost loved ones, my heart goes out to you today. And I leave you with this moving tribute video.