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leaving Newark International Airport in New Jersey.Because the plane had been delayed in taking off,passengers on board learned of events in New York and Washington via cell phone and airphone callsto the ground.Knowing that the aircraft was notreturning to an airport as the hijackers claimed,agroup of passengers and ﬂight attendants planned aninsurrection.One of the passengers,Thomas E.BurnettJr.,told his wife over the phone that ,“They’re talkingabout crashing this plane into the ground.We have todo something.Another passenger,Todd Beamer,washeard saying,“Are you guys ready? Let’s roll”over anopen line.Sandy Bradshaw,a ﬂight attendant,calledher husband and explained that she had slipped intoa galley and was ﬁlling pitchers with boiling water.Her last words to him were“Everyone’s running to ﬁrstclass.I’ve got to go.Bye.”Passengers fought the four hijackers and arethought to have attacked the cockpit.The plane thenﬂipped over and sped toward the ground at upwardsof 580 miles per hour,crashing in a rural ﬁeld inwestern Pennsylvania at 10:03 a.m.All 40 passengersand crew were killed.Its intended target is presumedto be the U.S.Capitol.By 7 p.m.,President GeorgeW.Bush,who had spentthe day being shuttled around the country becauseof security concerns,returned to theWhite House.At8:30 p.m.,he delivered a televised address from theOval Ofﬁce,declaring,“Terrorist attacks can shake thefoundations of our biggest buildings,but they cannottouch the foundation of America.These acts shattersteel,but they cannot dent the steel of Americanresolve.”In a reference to the eventual U.S.militaryresponse he declared,“We will make no distinctionbetween the terrorists who committed these acts andthose who harbor them.”Operation Enduring Freedom,the American-ledinternational effort to oust theTaliban Islamist regimein Afghanistan that supported al Qaeda and Osamabin Laden’s terrorist network based there,began onOctober 7,2001,less than a month after the terrorattacks.Although theTaliban was initially removedfrom power,ﬁghting in Afghanistan continues.Osamabin Laden was killed on May 2,2011 in a compoundin Abbottabad,Pakistan by a team of U.S.Navy SEALS.This brought some measure of justice to 9/11 victimsand our country.
Satamal SuqamiAbdulazizal OmariWaleedal ShehriWailal ShehriMohamedAtta
American Airlines Flight 11 (World Trade Center)
Marwanal ShehhiAhmedal GhamdiMohandal ShehriHamzaal GhamdiFayezBanihammad
United Airlines Flight 175 (World Trade Center)
Khalidal MihdharMajedMoqedNawaf al HazmiSalemal HazmiHaniHanjour
American Airlines Flight 77 (Pentagon)
Saeedal GhamdiAhmadal HaznawiAhmedal NamiZiadJarrah
United Airlines Flight 93 (Pennsylvania)
Flight 93 Crash Near Shanksville, PA.Courtesy Valencia M. McClatchy.
Remembering those who lost theirlives on 9/11 . . .and those they left behind!Also, a great big Thank-You to all the Emergency ServicePersonnel who devoted theirtime to help afterthis tragic event.
God Bless them, the families, and God Bless America!
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