"Are you guys ready? Let's roll."
- Todd Beamer; Flight 93 passenger
Today we remember the 2,996 people from all over the world who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks 18 years ago, along with their loved ones. We also honor all the first responders who have suffered as a result of the attack, both mentally and physically. Since that day, 1,140 people around the World Trade Centers were diagnosed with cancer from the toxins at Ground Zero along with 1,400 rescue workers having died. It was not only the US who was affected that day, but the entire world changed. Everyone who was old enough to remember the attacks remember where they were when they found out. Freshman this academic year were born after the attacks, so it is important to help keep the memory of the event alive so we can continue to learn and grow from the tragedy.
Four planes were hijacked, with two being flown into the North and South World Trade Center towers, which no longer stand. The site became known as Ground Zero, and there is now a memorial to those who lost their lives that day. A third plane flew into the pentagon, where there is a memorial. The fourth plane, suspected to be heading to Washington DC, crashed in Stony Creek Township about two hours south of Slippery Rock. The passengers and crew of Flight 93 fought back against the hijackers, knowing they would not survive. The memorial for Flight 93 is located in Stoystown, PA at the site of the crash.
Below are links to the websites for the memorials:
National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero
National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
Flight 93 Memorial
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