Seeds: On September 11th, 2001, Osama Bin Laden, the late leader of the extremist group known as al-Qaeda, orchestrated an attack on the US in retaliation to the US’s joining the Persian Gulf War in support of Israel and spreading of Western values and culture.
Core: Over 3,000 people were killed on September 11th when hijackers commandeered four airplanes, aiming to crash into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Videos (viewer discretion advised) depict the attack on the Twin Towers, two highly populated office buildings, and the attacks on the Pentagon, a government facility. Other than those evacuated, only six people are known to have survived the World Trade Center’s collapse and around 10,000 suffered injuries. Furthermore, in effort to rescue and relieve as many people as possible, around 400 police officers and firefighters died in the fallen buildings. Lastly, after finding out about the attacks through Airfone calls, the passengers aboard a flight from New Jersey fought the hijackers on a plane, knowing they would die, in effort to avoid hitting another highly populated area. They crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. None of the 45 passengers survived.
Skin: On this day, those old enough to remember it recall it being live broadcasted. Many initially believed the first crash into the tower was an accident, however, after the second plane hit, it was clear that it was done deliberately.
Leaves: Even though the United States stands together in solidarity, fear has certainly had its effect on policy and moral. For example, airport security has increased extensively in order to combat terrorism since the attacks, and Islamophobia is at its peak. Today citizens can travel to Ground Zero pay their respects at the two monuments constructed as a memorial for those who died.
Food For Thought: How do you plan to pay homage to those who lost their lives on this day? Do you know anyone affected by the attacks?