Today marks an incredibly important day in American history.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, 2,819 people from 115 different countries died, leaving several more injured. Millions around the world were emotionally and mentally touched by the traumatic events of that day. We at UrbanAsian would like to send out our sincerest condolences and love to everyone who lost a loved one in this tragedy.
Most of you probably remember exactly what you were doing on the morning of September 11th, 2001, when terrorism struck the United States of America. Whether you were at work, in school, cleaning your house, or out shopping, each of you have a distinct memory of how you reacted when you learned about the planes being hijacked and then being crashed into the World Trade Center.
Everyone in New York City woke up on that Tuesday morning, expecting it to be a normal day. However, around 8:30 AM, air traffic control centers across the nation were starting to learn that several planes had been hijacked. At 8:46 AM, the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Shortly afterwards, the second plane crashed into the South Tower at 9:02 AM; this occurred on live television, while news stations all over the country were broadcasting the burning North Tower. The North Tower stood for 56 minutes after the crash before it collapsed, whereas the South Tower managed to stay intact for 102 minutes after the second plane hit it.
Chaos were amok in New York City, let alone the rest of America. People were trying to call their loved ones, trying to make sure they were safe; phone lines were so busy that they eventually went down. Everyone was trying to run away from the dusty, smoky piles of rubble. Children and adults alike were crying at the sight of the collapse of the towers. Americans all around the country stared at their television sets all day, trying to make sense of everything that was going on.
Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and volunteer workers immediately arrived at the scene, trying to save as many people as they possibly could. They jumped into action, and due to their courageous efforts, many people were able to be saved. Because of their heroic deeds, we would also like to salute our public service workers (police officers, firefighters, paramedics, etc.) and the members of the United States Armed Forces, for keeping us safe and fighting to protect our country.
In an effort to never forget this day, we at UrbanAsian would like to create our own memorial by requesting all of our wonderful readers to share your stories. What were you doing on that Tuesday morning? How did you react when you heard the news? How has the event touched your life personally? Whether you lost a loved one or not, we would love to hear from you because many loved ones were lost that morning, and every life deserves to be honored. Post a comment, and let us know what 9/11 means to you.