WE all remember where we were on September 11, 2001 as we watched terrorists attack the United States of America, striking the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania where United Flight 93 crashed.
In one day the world changed forever.
At 8.45am (local time) on September 11, 2001, an American Airlines Boeing 767, Flight 11, was deliberately flown into the World Trade Center’s north tower in New York City killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in the 110-storey skyscraper.
Just 18 minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, flew into the south tower. Both towers afire, burning debris covered the surrounding buildings and the streets below while hundreds jumped from the towers to their deaths in an attempt to escape.
About 30 minutes later, a third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the west side of the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. and a fourth plane, United Flight 93, crash-landed into a field in Pennsylvania killing all 40 people onboard.
Meanwhile, both World Trade Center towers collapsed into a terrifying and deadly inferno of rubble.
Sitting President George W. Bush addressed the nation with a formal statement, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”
As the world remembers today, current president Donald Trump, a New York native, will make his first visit as president to the Shanksville site.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “Certainly the focus will be on remembering that horrific day and remembering the lives that were lost, and certainly honouring the individuals who were not only lost that day, but also put their lives of the line to help in that process.”