Saturday, September 11, 2021 Isabelle Odeh

Twenty years ago America dealt with the most horrific tragedy this nation has ever faced; the destruction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City,  the attack on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and the hijacking of four planes, one which crashed in Pennsylvania. This attack was on our nation, our people, our hearts, and thousands lost their lives. We remember those that lost their lives during this tragedy.

On September 11, 2001, at approximately 8:45 am, the first of four planes crashed into the first tower of the World Trade Center. This plane hit the 80th floor and exploded. A short time later, a second plane hit the second of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. This time hitting the 60th floor. Rubble and debris fell to the ground as the towers crashed in a fiery blaze.

Thousands of people were trapped in the towers, injured and scared. A dark smokescreen engulfed the city for miles and miles. Firefighters, police, and ambulances rushed to the dark scene as people tried to escape. An hour later, a third plane was seen circling and crashed into the Pentagon military headquarters in Washington, D.C. which left a large inferno that led to a structural collapse of part of the building and the death of 189 people, including 64 on the hijacked plane, American Airlines Flight 77. Forty minutes later, a fourth plane was found crashed in Pennsylvania. This crash resulted in the death of 44 people on Flight 47.

In this attack, 2,996 people were killed, including the 19 terrorist hijackers on the four planes. Citizens of 78 countries died in New York, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania. 2,763 died after the two planes hit the World Trade Center Twin Towers. 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers, and 37 Port Authority police officers who helped with the evacuation of the buildings and those trapped on higher floors also died. It was later revealed the attacks came from a terrorist organization called Al Qaeda, and its leader, Osama bin Laden, was responsible. Sitting president at the time, George W. Bush addressed the nation and promised initiatives to combat terrorism in our country.

We are reminded of the tragedy that took place on this day, twenty years ago. In our hearts, and minds are those that lost their lives and loved ones during this time. A tribute to those towers can be found at the World Trade Center in New York, New York. A large waterfall encloses the sanctuary. Around the memorial pools, the names of every person who has died in the terror attacks of February 26th, 1993, the first bombing on the World Trade Center, and September 11th, 2001 are engraved in bronze.

Located within the heart of the original World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial Museum stands. Through art multimedia exhibits, archives, and monumental artifacts, the museum serves to tell the public about the tragedy that took place on that haunting day.

America became stronger that day. We came together to help those in need. We came together to combat the darkness. We came together to never be alone. On this day we stand together as we remember.

We will continue to honor and remember the lives that were lost on thats terrible day. Today we honor. Today we remember.

Check out these items in our collection to learn all you can about 9/11.


Zero Dark Thirty (2012):

  • The decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda terrorist leader, after the attacks on September 11th and his death by the Navy seals team 6 in May 2011.

            Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)

  • Francophie, a nine-year-old amateur inventor, searches New York City for the lock that matches a key left behind by his father, who died during 9/11.

            12 Strong (2018)

  • After the 9/11 attacks, Captain Mitch Nelson leads a US special forces team into Afghanistan.

Young Adult Books

            What were the Twin Towers? By Jim O’Connor

  • The true story about the Twin Towers and how they became the tallest buildings in the world and why they were destroyed.

            All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

  • The stories of 16-year-old Jesse, who tries to cope with the death of her brother on 9/11 and Alia, a Muslim who gets trapped in one of the twin towers and is forced to trust a boy she’s just met while surrounded by flames.

            An emotion of great delight by Tahereh Mafi

  • During the time of 9/11, Shadi, a child of Muslim immigrants tries to navigate the crumbling world, like death, heartbreak, and more surround her, that is till everything changes.

            Adult Books

            9/11 Graphic Novel: the world’s finest by DC Comics

  • A collection of stories documenting various dimensions and reactions to the 9/11 tragedy.

            Ordinary Heroes: a memoir of 9/11 by Joseph Pfeifer

  • The memoir of Chief Joseph Pfeifer as he led his firefighters to investigate an odor of gas in downtown Manhattan on the morning of September 11th.

            9/11: the world speaks by Rudolph Giuliani

  • A selection from more than two hundred thousand visitor cards from people around the world speaking their thoughts about 9/11.

            No man’s land: Preparing for War and Peace in Post 9/11 America by Elizabeth D. Samet

  • A professor of literature from West Point explores how soldiers return home from war.