Remembering 9/11 Fourteen Years Later

Firefighters raise U.S. flag amidst the debris of the Twin Towers.

Firefighters raise U.S. flag amidst the debris of the Twin Towers.

Jack Freeman, Sports Editor

The day September 11, 2001 will forever be remembered in U.S. history and world history. The events that took place on that day and all the aftermath is a very important part of history. That day caused war, disputes, and protests all throughout the world that will never be able to be undone. Many changes in the U.S. happened after 9/11, especially in the areas of national security and privacy.

The horrible events of 9/11 started when four airlines in the east coast headed for California were hijacked by 19 terrorists. Two of the airlines, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. One of the airlines, American Airlines flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. The other airline, United Airlines Flight 93, was headed to Washington D.C., but crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvenia after the passengers tried to regain control of the plane from the hijackers.

Both of the towers of the World Trade Center collapsed within one hour and 42 minutes and caused much death and destruction. First responders, including the FDNY and the NYPD, arrived and got to work immediately. Firefighters went into the towers to help rescue the people that were inside. When the towers collapsed, many firefighters and people were still inside of the towers. After the towers collapsed, first responders treated citizens and other injured first responders that came out of the debris from the crash. Emergency workers continued to work on clearing debris and searching for people in the choas for a very long time because fires burned for 99 days after 9/11.

A total number of 2,753 people were killed in New York due to 9/11 including 343 firefighters and paramedics and 21 police officers. The result of the destruction costs hundreds of billions of dollars to fix. Life insurance claims were paid to families that lost first responders, but no amount of money is able to repay a life. The effects of 9/11 had a great impact on society during the time it happened and still has a big impact to this day.