September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history occurred as four hijacked passenger jets were crashed, killing nearly 3,000 people. Four teams of Muslim terrorists, operating inside the U.S., boarded flights then forcibly commandeered the air crafts.
American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 92 people and United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people. Both had departed Boston for Los Angeles. Both jets were diverted by the hijackers to New York City where they were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center. The impact and subsequent fire caused both 110-story towers to collapse, killing 2,752 persons including hundreds of rescue workers and employees in the towers.
American Airlines Flight 77, with 64 people on board departed Dulles (Virginia) for Los Angeles. Flight 77 was diverted to Washington, D.C. and flown into the Pentagon, killing everyone on board and 125 military personnel inside.
Also hijacked was United Airlines Flight 93, with 44 people on board departed from Newark for San Francisco. Flight 93 was diverted toward Washington and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania during an attempted takeover by the passengers. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
The 9/11 Memorial opened on September 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the attacks. It is located on the western side of the former World Trade Center complex where the Twin Towers once stood. The Memorial park surrounds two enormous reflecting pools set within the footprints of the North and South towers. The names of people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York, at the Pentagon, and on Flight 93, as well as in the 1993 bombing at the WTC, are etched in bronze around the edges of the pools.
The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission), an independent, bipartisan commission created by congressional legislation and the signature of President George W. Bush in late 2002, was chartered to prepare a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks. Click here to view the 9-11 Commission final report.