If you’re old enough to remember September 11, 2001, I hope you still remember exactly what you were doing when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center twin towers and Pentagon. They failed an attempt on a fourth, unknown target. We believe their failure was due to the heroism of United Flight 93’s passengers and crew. In total, 2,993 people from over 90 countries were killed in these attacks on US soil.
Since then, 4,925 US military personnel have died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. An additional 267 contractors and 77 civilians of US citizenship were also killed. Six US citizens are still missing or captured. In total, the Global War on Terror casualties amount to 32,732 military personnel from 53 countries and more than 207,000 civilians representing nearly 90 nationalities.
Take a moment—or four—out of your day today to remember the fallen military heroes and innocent people, as well as their families and friends.
- 8:46 AM (EDT)—American Flight 11 hit the World Trade Center’s (WTC) north tower
- 9:03—United Flight 175 struck WTC’s south tower
- 9:37—American Flight 77 collided into the Pentagon
- 10:03—United Flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville, PA
While remembering watching an American airliner crash into his wife’s office in the north tower, Charles Wolf said:
I and many family members don’t want revisionist history, and we don’t want this sanitized. It is very important that people remember what happened that day: This was civilization, people merely at work, caught up in religious fanaticism.
Never forget: National September 11 Memorial and Museum.