Remembering 9/11 Today and Ten Years Ago !

September 11,2001 is the date that is etched in every American’s mind. It is remembered not only by the Americans but everyone else in this world as the deadliest attack of the 20th century. The scale of disaster, loss of lives and the smoke that filled in the entire Manhattan area – all these are the visuals that we had seen through live TV news channels. This post of mine is a tribute for all those people who lost their lives in this incident.

When I reached home on that evening it was 7 PM in India which means around 9.30am in New York. My father was glued to the television as he had just arrived from office. When I stepped into my home, the first thing he said was “A plane flew into the World Trade Center and New York’s financial capital building is under attack!”

My first expression was “Whattttttt?” This is astonishing. It was the first time I ever heard about the World Trade Center of New York City. It was then and there I came to know about WTC and how it influenced the financial sector of USA. There were more than 900 companies established in the twin towers. So, many multi national companies and people from all different diversities worked there. I came to know from the news that one of the planes had hit pentagon.

Early morning of September 11, 2001 a group of 19 hijackers took control of 4 commercial airlines from Boston, Newark and Washington D.C. At about 8:46 am, five hijackers crashed AA flight 11 into the north World Trade Center tower. There were not many videos about this attack so everybody was under the impression that a bomb exploded in the north tower. People from the north tower started evacuating immediately. The smoke was rising in the area surrounding to the north WTC tower and everybody looked horrified on the streets. There were lot of people in the nearby Battery Park and the traffic stood still even on the Brooklyn Bridge.

The news channels from all over the world had turned their cameras towards the World Trade Center. Just 15 minutes later, r 5 hijackers crashed United Airlines 175 into the south tower at 9:03am. The whole world was shook by this incident. Many channels covered this incident live on their channel. Now, everyone was convinced that this was a planned attack and USA is in danger. The south WTC tower collapsed at 9:59 am after burning for 56 minutes while the north tower collapsed at 10:28am after burning for 102 minutes.

All the other airlines flying in the United States were asked to ground immediately thereby locking the cockpit. The international passenger flights were redirected to Canada and Mexico, and for three days all the flights to the USA were cancelled. Later on it was discovered that the fourth flight United Airlines 93 never made it to their target, which was the Capitol building and not White house. Two weeks after the attack the government confirmed the death toll was around 6000 people! More than 90 countries lost their citizens in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Now, after 10 years of this attack, one major achievement for America would be the death of Osama Bin Laden who admitted to be the one who planned the attack. Also, on September 11, 2011 ground zero has been made a memorial that is open to the public. In the link mentioned below you can access the names of all the individuals who lost their lives either in the airplane or at the World Trade Towers. Let’s not forget what terrorism has given us and fight against it.

Varsha Purohit

Software engineer by profession. She likes blogging, canvas painting, cooking etc.