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Today, September 11, 2013, we mark the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States.
This was the day when everyone watched in horror at the unfolding tragedy that was telecast straight from CNN and Fox News
I still remember that it was past eight in the evening when everyone in the family was glued to the television set
On September 11, 2001, 19 radicals & militants who had ties with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States.
Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
|The Pentagon was damaged by fire and partly collapsed|
Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush.
|the second plane heads straight for the other WTC|
Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
It was the culmination of a calculated and well- planned attack against America's symbols of its financial, trade, military strength.
|The remnants of the World Trade Center|
Many believed that the United 93 plane was headed to the White House when its passengers and crew foiled the terrorists' plans
The 911 Attacks were one of the most watched and documented tragedies in histories.
There were mixed reactions from horror and disbelief at the violence and loss of lives to pride and patriotism at the courage, heroism, and unity of those who responded.
The whole world mourned with the United States at the senseless violence that forever changed the world
Let us be vigilant always and we should learn how to value our freedom and security
As we pause and remember those who lost their lives, our collective thoughts would be Never Again
|The Tribute in Light on September 11, 2011 during the tenth anniversary of the 911 attacks.|
HERE'S A LOOK BACK AT THE ICONIC TWIN TOWERS
Twin Towers were the centerpieces of the World Trade Center complex.
At 110 stories each, 1 WTC (North Tower) and 2 WTC (South Tower) provided nearly 10-million-square feet of office space for about 35,000 people and 430 companies.
They were the tallest buildings in New York City, and for a brief period upon their completion, they were the tallest buildings in the world.
They attracted roughly 70,000 tourists and commuters every day.
The North Tower rose 1,368 feet – 1,730 feet with a large antenna – and the South Tower stood 1,362-feet high. On a clear day, views extended 45 miles from the top of the towers in every direction – far enough to see all five New York City boroughs, New Jersey and Connecticut.
The towers were massive. Each weighed more than 250,000 tons, contained 99 elevators and had 21,800 windows.
Each floor was an acre in size and there was enough concrete in the towers to build a sidewalk from New York City to Washington, D.C.
The complex even had its own zip code: 10048.
The two towers were surrounded by five other buildings that comprised the WTC complex.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had a police desk in 5 WTC, while 3 WTC was a hotel and office buildings.
The Twin Towers were completed in 1973, though tenants began to arrive in December 1970.
The other buildings were built over the next 14 years.