Friday, September 11, 2009

Let Us Never Forget.

On September 11, 2,752 men, women and children fell victim to the second terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

September 11, 2001: "Today: Less humid. Sunshine. High 79."

6:00 a.m.
Polls open in New York City for primary elections.

7:59 a.m.
American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport for Los Angeles.

8:00 a.m.
New York City public schools open for the fourth day of the new school year.

8:14 a.m.
United Airlines Flight 175 takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport for Los Angeles.

8:20 a.m.
American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Washington, DC’s Dulles International Airport for Los Angeles.

8:42 a.m.
United Airlines Flight 93 departs 42 minutes late from Newark International Airport for San Francisco.

8:46 a.m.
After receiving a call from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Boston control center that Flight 11 has been hijacked, the Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) scrambles two military jets to the New York area from Otis Air National Guard Base, Cape Cod.

8:46 a.m.
Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 94 to 98 of 1 World Trade Center, the North Tower.

8:46 a.m.
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) receives the first report of a plane crash into the North Tower. Evacuation in the North and South Towers begins.

9:00 a.m.
FDNY, the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) are at their highest mobilization levels. Port Authority civilian staff and all on-duty WTC response staff have mobilized.

9:03 a.m.
Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 78 to 84 of 2 World Trade Center, the South Tower.

9:15 a.m.
Officials begin closing New York City bridges and tunnels to all but emergency vehicles and pedestrians.

9:25 a.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration orders the first-ever nationwide ground-stop, prohibiting the take-off of flights. Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) jets establish combat air patrol over Manhattan.

9:30 a.m.
The New York Stock Exchange does not open at its scheduled time; its employees evacuate.

9:37 a.m.
Hijackers crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

9:40 a.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration orders all 4,546 planes in North American airspace to land at the nearest airport.

By 9:45 a.m.
Evacuations are under way at the United States Capitol, the White House, the Empire State Building, the United Nations, the Kennedy Space Center, Disney World and major sites across the United States.

9:59 a.m.
2 WTC, the South Tower, collapses in 9 seconds.

10:03 a.m.
Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 93 in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers launch a counterattack to seize control of the aircraft.

10:28 a.m.
1 WTC, the North Tower, collapses in 11 seconds. All 16 acres of the World Trade Center site are in ruins. A rescue and recovery effort begins immediately at the WTC Site.

10:30 a.m.
New York Governor George E. Pataki declares a state of emergency in New York State.

11:02 a.m.
New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani orders the evacuation of all of Lower Manhattan below Canal Street, including workers, residents, tourists, and schoolchildren.

1:27 p.m.
A state of emergency is declared in Washington, DC.

2:35 p.m.
Mayor Giuliani holds a press conference at the New York City Police Academy, estimating that “the number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear.”

5:20 p.m.
7 World Trade Center collapses.

8:30 p.m.
President George W. Bush addresses the nation, saying: “Today, our nation saw … the very worst of human nature. And we responded with the best of America—with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.”All told, 2,975 men, women and children fell victim to the second terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the terrorist attacks in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

My sister left her story on the 9/11 Digital Archives, you may read her words at
Hug your friends, kiss your loved ones, be grateful for all that comes your way, pay it forward...and never, ever forget those who died at the hands of senseless hate. Minutes changed so many lives, let us not waste another minute. Let us be kinder to each other, go and be excellent to one another. Sea Witch


FrenchBlue said...

Amen. My heart still hurts today...
Beautiful post.

seanymph said...

We will never forget. I posted a short blog on it too. I saw on one friends blog tho today a video someone took who lived right there. It was from their high rise and it was from a real persons perspective, not the news. I cried thru it. I try not to look at videos or pics anymore because I cant without crying. I thought by now I could.......

Im a NJ girl and I was there in that building many times. I will always feel personally violated by what happened even tho I was on the left coast here when it happened. Thats home to me, always will be.

Ana said...

I will never forget. Lives lost and lives changed forever...I know mind did. God Bless America.


misselaineous said...

Beautiful post many lost...too many tears. I still cannot look at those images without pain in my heart and tears in my eyes. Thanks for stopping by my blog & leaving a comment...greatly appreciated. *elaine*

svelteSTUFF said...

It may not be easily spoken/written of, but it most definitely will NOT be forgotten. Beautiful post.

Kathleen said...

Thank you for taking the time to write such a moving post. We must NEVER forget what has happened to us. We must NEVER forget those that perished in this terrible terrorist attack, and those that lose their lives fighting for our freedom every day. May God bless them all. Hugs, Kathleen