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By Cynthia Haggitt
On Sept. 11, 2001, a terrorist attack on New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., stunned the world and left a scar in the hearts and memories of Americans. On that day three hijacked planes crashed into iconic American Trades buildings. Nearly 3,000 people died that day, including the 40 passengers on United Airlines Flight 93, who crashed a fourth plane into a field in southwestern Pennsylvania.
Emotions were high, tears were shed and Americans were angry from the attack that happened on the American homefront. The weeks that followed brought national sorrow and began the war in Afghanistan that became America’s longest conflict.
On the 20th anniversary of the attacks, RiverCountyNews wants to hear about your stories and share your memories about where you were during this dreadgful time?Like many major events in history, we can recall the time and place we learned about them. We understand the memories may be painful, that you may have personal connections to those who were aboard the fateful flights or victims in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. If you’d like to share your experience but prefer to talk with us directly about it, please email at editor@rivercountynews.
I will never forget 9/11
As I was driving to work on I-270, the radio station I was listening to went to breaking news– a plane had hit the World Trade Center.
I continued to listen to the news and another plane hit the other tower. I called my husband at work and told him. His response was to get to work and stay in as I worked very close to the St. Louis Airport.
When I arrived at work, everyone was around the TV in the conference room. My thoughts were this can’t be happening to this great country. Then a plane hit the Pentagon and another plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Yes, it was terrorism! Never in my mind would I think something like this would ever happen to us in the United States of America.
Watching people falling/jumping from the windows of the World Trade Centers and then the two buildings collapsing. All the children in the Pentagon Childcare Center, this is devastating. The heroes on the Pennsylvania plane down the plane, saving hundreds more lives. The next few days were a nightmare; families working out of town and unable to get home to their families due to the airports being closed, no rental cars available. Over 3,300 innocent people were killed in approximately one hour, including police officers, fire and rescue! No airplanes, no sports, our country stood still. We were all glued to the TV watching hours and hours of the rescue missions.
The patriotism and love for our country was the strongest ever! I dream that someday without a tragedy or terrorism we can all feel the love of our neighbors, friends and our protectors as we did after 9/11.