It was eleven years ago today when two planes were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Towers. Eleven years today, since the twin towers collapsed killing thousands. Eleven years since a plane was flown into the Pentagon, killing hundreds. Eleven years since the passengers and crew of United flight 93, upon learning the intentions of their hijackers, courageously fought to overtake them. Only, to lose their lives as the plane crashed into an open field in Pennsylvania, saving the Capital Building.
In total about 3,497 people died in the attacks on the 11th of September 2001:
- 2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died
- 87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the North Tower
- 60 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower
- 343 New York City firefighters and rescue workers and 23 New York City law enforcement officers, 47 Port Authority workers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, lost their lives when they rushed in to save the victims in the World Trade Center
- 36 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who gave their lives stopping four hijackers over Pennsylvania
- 64 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, killing them and 125 people in the building.
One of those Firefighters killed that day, died because he was hit by one of the many people, who rather than burning to death, chose to jump to their deaths. That is the image which haunts me the most about 9/11. This is not a day for political statements or debate. This a day to remember those who simply boarded a plane or went to work and never came home.
When I think of 9/11 these are the images that haunt me the most.