Hey guys! 19 years ago the United States experienced one of the scariest moments in history.
On September 11, 2001 at 8:45am an American Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. The impact immediately left a huge hole on the 80th floor leaving hundreds dead and trapped on the higher floor levels. Instantly people fled the building, running in all directions as firetrucks, ambulances, and police quickly got to the scene…..18 minutes later United Airlines Flight 175 appeared out of the sky and crashed into the 60th floor of the south World Trade Center.
In less then 20 minutes it became clear that America was under attack.
As millions of people turned on their tv’s, called their loved ones, and cried for someone to stop this terror; American Airlines Flight 77 circled over downtown Washington D.C., before crashing into the west side of the Pentagon military headquarters at 9:45am.
Less than 15 minutes after the attack on the military headquarters the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed. Then at 10:30am the once beautiful north tower built to withstand winds and even a large conventional fire could not hold against the burning jet fuel filling the building. Now only 6 people are alive in this rubble of fire, fuel, twisted metal, and debris.
Meanwhile United Flight 93 was fighting to protect their country. When four hijackers took over the flight the passengers hearing about the twin towers and Pentagon were determined to not let the hijackers get their own way. Well knowing they would all die, they called their loved ones and then attacked the hijackers, pouring boiling water on them and attacking the cockpit with a fire extinguisher. The flight filled with 44 people crashed in a rural field near Shanksville in western Pennsylvania. The hijackers target is unknown but even though we may never know, those passengers on that flight showed true heroism.
A total of 2,996 people were killed in the 9/11 attacks; the World Trade Center, 2,763 died after the two planes slammed into the twin towers. That figure includes 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers.
At the Pentagon, 189 people were killed, including 64 on American Airlines Flight 77, the airliner that struck the building. On Flight 93, 44 people died when the plane crash-landed in Pennsylvania.
September 11th, 2012…the attack on Benghazi commenced. At 9:45pm armed men began their assault on the US mission. A battle commence killing U.S Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two CIA operatives Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs.
Benghazi might not be as well known but the attack made it clear that the US should not be tampered with. I’m proud to be an American and saddened to read and write about these terrible events that happened.
Check out the 19 years later blog tour that Life of Heritage and Soldier Girl Stories are heading up! It’s in honor of 9/11 and Benghazi, and I’m so excited I could be apart of it!
Have a blessed day y’all! Be safe ❤