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America Under Attack: The Story of 9/11

Aditi Shrestha
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On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world changed forever as America came under attack from a group of terrorists who hijacked four commercial airliners and carried out suicide attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

The attacks were coordinated and planned with precision, catching the country off guard and causing mass destruction and loss of life. The first hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am, followed shortly by United Airlines Flight 175, which hit the South Tower at 9:03 am.

The attacks continued with the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77, which crashed into the western side of the Pentagon at 9:37 am. The final hijacked plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was intended to hit another high-profile target in Washington D.C., but passengers on board the plane fought back against the terrorists, resulting in the plane crashing into a field in Pennsylvania.

The attacks of 9/11 resulted in the deaths of 2,996 people, including the 19 terrorists involved in the hijackings. The majority of the casualties occurred in New York City, where 2,606 people died at the World Trade Center.

In the aftermath of the attacks, the country was left reeling, struggling to come to terms with the magnitude of the tragedy. Emergency responders and volunteers worked tirelessly to search for survivors and clear the wreckage while the rest of the country watched in shock and disbelief.

The attacks also had a profound impact on the country's sense of security and changed the course of American foreign policy. President George W. Bush declared a global War on Terror in response to the attacks, leading to military action in Afghanistan and later Iraq.

The country rallied together in the aftermath of 9/11, with people of all walks of life coming together to support each other and honor the victims. Memorials and tributes were erected across the country to commemorate those who lost their lives, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, which opened in 2011.

Two decades after the attacks, the impact of 9/11 is still felt across the country and the world. The War on Terror continues, and the country remains vigilant in the face of ongoing threats. But as the country remembers the events of that fateful day, it is also a reminder of the resilience and strength of the American people, who came together in the face of adversity and refused to be defeated by hate and terror.

As we honor the memory of those lost on 9/11, let us also take a moment to reflect on the lessons learned from that tragic day and the importance of coming together as a nation to face the challenges ahead.

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