Construction at the National 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York City
Ten years have passed since September 11, 2001, the day Islamic terrorists carried out the deadliest terrorist attacks in American history. Militants connected to Osama bin Laden’s extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C., killing over 3,000 people. Some 10,000 New Yorkers were injured, many severely. Among the dead were hundreds of firefighters, police officers, and other emergency personnel who perished while rescuing thousands of people from the WTC. One airliner crashed in rural Pennsylvania after a handful of brave passengers overpowered the hijackers, preventing them from reaching their intended target (possibly the White House or U.S. Capitol).
The traumatic events of 9/11 impelled the United States into a global war against terrorism. This tenth anniversary will memorialize those who died in the terrorist attacks that day as well as those in the military, law enforcement, intelligence or homeland security who have devoted their lives to the nation’s security. The commemorations will focus attention on the events that have defined the course of U.S. history in the 21st century.
The Obama administration sent guidelines to government officials both at home and abroad to suggest how best to honor the memory of those who died in the terrorist attacks on American soil while also recalling that extremist groups such as al Qaeda have, since 2001, carried out deadly attacks elsewhere in the world. President Obama will give a speech on Sunday, September 11, from New York, where he will be attending memorial events. At Ground Zero, as the WTC site became known after 9/11, a 104-story skyscraper called 1 World Trade Center is under construction. Originally called “Freedom Tower,” it will be 1,776 feet tall. Within the “footprint” of the former Twin Towers is the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial is being unveiled at this year’s commemoration.
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- 9/11 Attacks
Explore the rich video, narrative, photographic, and interactive resources of History.com concerning “the day that changed America.” Watch unfiltered “eyewitness” videos from nine New Yorkers and explore the “World Trade Center Reborn: Infographic,” video clips including “9/11 Timeline,” “Birth of Al Qaeda,” “How the Towers Collapsed,” and “Rebuilding Ground Zero”; photo galleries; and more.
(Source: History.com; accessed August 31, 2011)
- White House Issues Guides on Sept. 11 Observances
Learn how the Obama administration is seeking to shape and coordinate the themes underscored and tone set in official commemorations of 9/11.
(Source: New York Times, August 29, 2011)
- Kids of 9/11 Get a Voice on TV as 10th Anniversary Looms
Check out this fresh perspective from surviving children who lost parents in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
(Source: Reuters, August 30, 2011)
- Osama Bin Laden Evidence: Al Qaeda Considered 9/11 Anniversary Attack
Discover the evidence of dark plots that was recovered by U.S. Special Forces from Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout.
(Source: ABC News, May 5, 2011)