Tuesday, September 11. On this day six years ago, America suffered one of its darkest days — as hijacked airliners, piloted by terrorists, hit the World Trade Center towers in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. A fourth airliner crashed in Pennsylvania, apparently as passengers fought with the hijackers. Nearly 3,000 people perished in the attacks, most of them in New York. At the Pentagon, the death toll was reduced because the section hit had just been refurbished and surrounding areas were empty. The attacks spotlighted the vital role of those who respond during emergencies. Across the nation, there are 243,000 firefighters and 155,000 medical technicians and paramedics standing by to help when needed. We will never forget this day as it lives in perpetual state of remembrance.
Adapted and cultivated from the U.S. Census Bureau.