WE REMEMBER 9/11/2001
Sixteen years ago today at 8:45 a.m, American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Over the next one hour and seventeen minutes, chaos would unfold in the United States.
On that Tuesday morning, air travel and security in the United States changed forever. For the first time in the history of the United States, the National Airspace System was completely shut down. All commercial and civilian flights over the U.S. were ordered to land at the nearest suitable airfield, and inbound international flights were denied entering the U.S. airspace.; leaving only military aircraft airborne, guarding the skies against further attacks.
In the week, months, and years since the attacks, the after effects from that day have far from disappeared. We see them every time we go to the airport to take a flight somewhere. We see them at our nation’s ports and borders. Making sure this type of event doesn’t happen again is their number one concern.
In the years since 9-11-01, we have rebuilt. The sections of the Pentagon that were damaged were rebuilt and reopened exactly one year after the attack. Thirteen years after the attacks that collapsed both 1 WTC and 2 WTC, One World Trade Center was completed. Standing at a symbolic 1,776’, One World Trade Center became the tallest building in the western hemisphere. At its base lies the National September 11th Memorial, a tribute to those we lost that day and an everlasting reminder that even an act of terrorism cannot bring us down.
While you go about your day today, take a moment to remember the events that happened that day. Remember those who not only lost their lives in the attacks but also those first responders who ran towards the destruction and not away from it.
September 11th was a turning point in the United States, one whose effects will always live on in everything we do.