NEW LEXINGTON — Today marks the 18th anniversary of one of the most devastating terrorist onslaughts ever waged against the U.S. — Sept. 11, 2001.
As many may remember, at approximately 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, an American Airline Boeing 767 carrying 20,000 gallons of jet fuel slammed into the north tower of the World trade Center, killing hundreds instantly and leaving hundreds more trapped on higher floors.
Evacuation of the tower began immediately; however, 18 minutes later disaster struck again when United Airlines Flight 175 struck the south tower near the 60th floor.
Within the hour, a third plane struck the west side of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Rather than break our resolve, the attacks banded the country together resulting in a united front and a level of patriotism that our young country had never before seen.
More than 3,000 people died in the attacks on Sept. 11, including 343 firefighters and paramedics; 23 New York City Police officers; 37 Port Authority Police officers; and 125 military personnel and civilians in the Pentagon. Nearly 10,000 more people were treated for injuries received during the attacks.
There were many, many heroes that stepped forward that day, including the passengers of a fourth plane, United Flight 93, who rebelled against the hijackers and caused the plane to crash into a field in Pennsylvania, killing all 45 passengers and saving an unknown number more through their bravery.
Let us not forget the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001; it was the attack heard around the world! Keep America strong!
The day after the attack, (Sept. 12, 2001) the following article was published in our sister newspaper, The Logan Daily News:
What started out as a normal day ended as the most tragic day in American history.
People were glued to their television sets Tuesday (Sept. 11, 2001) morning when breaking news revealed that the World Trade Center in Manhattan was attacked around 9 a.m. when two commercial jetliners crashed into the Twin Towers.
Less than an hour later, the Pentagon became the center of attack when a third plane crashed into a section of the building.
Finally, another plane crash occurred near Somerset, Pennsylvania.
In the wake of the worst disaster in American history people find themselves grieving for the innocent victims and asking, “How can this happen in our country and what can we do to prevent this type of tragedy from happening in the future?”
Sept. 11, 2001 will always be remembered as the attack heard around the world.
See a more detailed account of Sept. 11, 2001 on page B4 of today’s edition of The Perry County Tribune.