A memorial service honouring those who lost their lives on 9/11/ 2001, when the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre collapsed, was conducted in Lower Manhattan on Monday, 22 years after the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil.
At the scene, where family members of the victims recited the names of the deceased, Vice President Kamala Harris arrived with other dignitaries. Similar memorial services were also held in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon.
Other locales, such as the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, also had memorial services. On his way back to Washington from Vietnam, President Joe Biden stopped at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, where he is scheduled to meet service members, first responders, and their families.
In how many deaths did the 9/11 attacks result?
The 9/11 attacks, which featured the hijacking of four aircraft, resulted in the deaths of around 3,000 people. The World Trade Centre Twin Towers in New York City were struck by two of the aircraft. The Pentagon was struck by a second plane. The only plane that did not make it to its destination was the fourth, which crashed in an open field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, following a battle by passengers.
Since the attack more than 20 years ago, the task of positively identifying the bodies of individuals slain at the World Trade Centre has persisted. The remains of two victims were recently identified thanks to improvements in DNA research.
Thousands of people in Lower Manhattan were exposed to hazardous dust and debris during the World Trade Centre assaults, which resulted in additional deaths and diseases linked to 9/11 in the years that followed in addition to the number of fatalities that occurred on that day. According to the firefighters’ union’s officials, 341 FDNY personnel have passed away from ailments related to 9/11, although the actual number is unknown, as CBS New York reported.
When did the events of 9/11 take place?
At 8:46 AM Eastern Time, American Airlines Flight 11 made contact with the World Trade Center’s North Tower. People in the higher stories of the tower became trapped, and all of the passengers on board perished. United Airlines Flight 175 collided with the South Tower of the World Trade Centre at 9:03 AM. Following that, both towers fell; the South Tower did so just before 10 AM, and the North Tower did so 30 minutes later.
At 9:37 AM, American Airlines Flight 77, which had been hijacked, crashed into the Pentagon.
The fourth aircraft to be involved in the terrorist attacks, United Flight 93, crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10:03 AM. The hijacked aircraft was on its way to Washington, D.C., but due to actions taken by the passengers and flying crew, it never made it there.
What transpired at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon?
184 people were murdered when American Airlines Flight 77 collided with the Pentagon, 64 on board and 125 within the structure.
One person who witnessed the plane approaching the Pentagon so closely that it knocked over a streetlight was Sean Boger. In the year 2021, he said to CBS News, “I looked up and, you know, a plane was coming straight at us.” He claimed that the plane only hit the building after 10 to 15 seconds.
When Boger first spotted the plane, he was in the heliport control tower for the Pentagon, and he said it looked like “someone’s looking at a medal.”
He remarked, “I just couldn’t believe that such a large object could come that low and fly into us directly.”
Doug Emhoff, another survivor, went to the Shanksville site on Monday.
United Airlines Flight 93, the fourth aircraft involved in the terrorist attacks, crashed in a field outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, less than 30 minutes later. The plane was hijacked and on its way to Washington, D.C., but the passengers and flight crew intervened in an effort to regain control of the aircraft. Following a battle, the plane crashed into a wide open field. As it is written on a plaque there, “Because of their brave actions, countless lives were saved, but all on Flight 93 were lost.”