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Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11

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07/26/2013

 
 Vilas County 9/11 Service
Friday, Sept. 9, at 10 a.m.Front lawn, Vilas County Courthouse330 Court St. in Eagle River 
This special supplement would not have been possible without the work of the Newspaper In Education Instituteand the support of area schools,fire departments,veterans groups and businesses.
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OnSeptember11,2001,19militantsassociatedwiththeIslamistextremist groupalQaedahijackedfourairlinersandcarriedoutsuicideattacksagainst targetsintheUnitedStates.Twoofthe planeswereflownintotheTwinTowersof theWorldTradeCenterinNewYorkCity,athirdplanehitthePentagonjustoutsideWashington,D.C.,andthefourthplanewascrashedintoafieldnearShanksvillePennsylvania.Oftenreferredtosimply as9/11,theattacksresultedinextensivedeathanddestruction,triggeringmajor U.S.initiativestocombatterrorism.Nearly 3,000peoplewerekilledduringtheattacks,includingmorethan400policeofficersandfirefightersand246passengersand crewonthefourplanes.ThiswasthemosdeadlyterroristattackinU.S.history 
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OnSeptember11,2001,at8:46a.m.onaclearTuesdaymorning,anAmericanAirlinesBoeing767loadedwithjetfuelcrashedintotheNorthToweroftheWorld TradeCenterinNewYorkCity.Theimpactleftagaping,burningholebetweenfloors93-99ofthe110-storyskyscraper,instantlykillinghundredsofpeopleandtrappinghundredsmoreinhigherfloors.Astheevacuationofthetowergotunderway,televisioncamerasbroadcastedliveimagesofwhatinitiallyappearedtobeafreakaccident.Then,17minutesafterthefirstplanehit,asecondBoeing767–UnitedAirlinesFlight175–appearedoutofthesky,turnedsharplytowardtheWorld TradeCenterandslicedintofloors77-85oftheSouthTower.Thecollisioncausedamassiveexplosionthatshoweredburningdebrisoversurroundingbuildingsandthestreetsbelow.Americawasunderattack. TheattackerswereIslamistextremistterroristsfromSaudiArabiaandseveralotherArabnations.ReportedlyfinancedbySaudifugitiveOsamabinLaden’salQaedaterroristorganization,theywereallegedlyactinginretaliationforAmericassupportofIsrael,itsinvolvementinthePersianGulf WaranditscontinuedmilitarypresenceintheMiddleEast.TheychosetoattackthePentagonandWorldTradeCenterbecausetheyarepowerfulsymbolsofAmericasymbolsthatdefinetheUnitedStatesasaneconomicandmilitarysuperpower.SomeoftheterroristshadlivedintheUnitedStatesformorethanayearandhadtakenflyinglessonsatAmericancommercialflightschools.OthershadslippedintothecountryinthemonthsbeforeSeptember11andactedasthe“muscle”intheoperation.AmericanintelligenceagenciesliketheCIAandFBIwereonthelookoutforterroristactivities,buthadexpectedbombattackslikethoseofthepast,orperhapsbiologicalorchemicalattacksthatcausewidespreadterror.Theywereunpreparedforthiskindofattack.(The9/11CommissionReportontheattacksrevealedfourkindsoffailures:inimagination,policy,capabilities,andmanagement.) The19terroristseasilysmuggledknivesthroughsecurityatthreeEastCoastairportsandboardedfourflightsboundforCalifornia,chosenbecausetheplaneswereloadedwithfuelforthelongtranscontinentaljourney.Soonaftertakeoff,theterroristscommandeeredthefourplanesandtookthecontrols,transformingordinarycommuterjetsintoguidedmissiles.AsmillionswatchedtheeventsunfoldinginNewYork,AmericanAirlinesFlight77circledoverdowntownWashington,D.C.,andslammedintothewestsideofthePentagonmilitaryheadquartersat9:37a.m.JetfuelfromtheBoeing757causedadevastatinginfernothatledtothestructuralcollapseofaportionofthegiantconcretebuilding.125militarypersonnelandcivilianswerekilledinthePentagon,alongwithall59passengersandcrewaboardtheairliner. Twenty-twominutesaftertheterroristsstruckthenervecenteroftheU.S.military,thehorrorinNewYorktookacatastrophicturnfortheworsewhentheSouthToweroftheWorldTradeCentercollapsedinamassivecloudofdustandsmoke.Thestructuralsteeloftheskyscraper,builttowithstandwindsinexcessof120milesperhourandalargeconventionalfire,couldnotwithstandthetremendousheatgeneratedbytheburningjetfuelcoupledwiththestructuraldamagecausedbytheplanecrash.At10:28a.m.,theNorthTowercollapsed.2,753peoplediedintheWorld TradeCenteranditsvicinity,includingastaggering346firefighters,23NewYork Citypoliceofficers,and37PortAuthoritypoliceofficerswhowerestrugglingtocompleteanevacuationofthebuildingsandsavetheofficeworkerstrappedonhigherfloors.Thousandsofothersweretreatedforinjuries,manysevere.Meanwhile,afourthCalifornia-boundplaneUnitedAirlinesFlight93, aBoeing757washijackedabout40minutesafter
The Attacks on September 11, 2001
ViewoflowerManhattanonthemorningofSeptember11,2001.PhotographbyDavidMonderer.CollectionoftheNew-YorkHistoricalSociety.The Pentagon After the Attack. Courtesy Department of Defense.
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VFW Post #8637 and our remarkable group of veterans and ladies auxiliaryare proud to have the opportunityto recognize the real heros of 9/11,who put their bodies in harm’s wayand those who gave their lives for our nation.
The Lost Heroes of 9/11 Should Never Be Forgotten 
THIS SPECIAL REMEMBRANCE ISSUEIS SPONSORED IN PART BY
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Whowerethehijackers?
These19youngmen,ages20to33,camefromavarietyofbackgrounds,somewealthy,somepoor.Manyhadcollegeeducations,whileothersdroppedoutfromcollegeorlefthometobecomesoldiersonthesideofMuslimsinChechnyaandAfghanistan.Amongthemwerethreesetsofbrothers.FifteenwerefromSaudiArabia,twofromtheUnitedArabEmirates,andoneeachfromEgyptandLebanon.
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.
WhatisTerrorism?
Itisdifficulttocomeupwithadefinitionofterrorismwithwhicheveryonewillagree.Therootofthewordis“terror”orfear.Anactofterrorismseekstousefeartocompelagroupofpeopleoragovernmenttoactinacertainwayinresponsetoviolenceorthethreatofviolence.Terroristactshavebeencommittedbyavarietyofpeoplerepresentingawiderangeofpolitical,religious,culturalorsocialviewpoints,rangingfromloneindividualstolargecoordinatedwayrepresentativeoftheobjectoftheterrorism.
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!
Parsons Parsons 
of Eagle River
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