|Statement Commemorating September 11
On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists attacked the United States. They hijacked four passenger airliners in mid-flight. The terrorists flew two of the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impacts caused the buildings to catch fire and then collapse. Another plane destroyed a section of the U.S. military headquarters, the Pentagon, in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Officials believe that the terrorists on that plane intended to destroy either the White House or the U.S. Capitol, and evidence indicates that passengers on this flight resisted the terrorists’ efforts to carry out such a plan. In all, nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the 9/11 attacks.
These attacks shocked the world, and were condemned by governments across the globe. Immediate response following the attacks included memorials and vigils, not only in New York City and the United States, but internationally.
The September 11th attacks changed the course of history. They led to other events that impact our lives today. Airport security has been tightened; Congress passed laws aimed at preventing further acts of terrorism. America has sent thousands of men and women into international combat as part of the War on Terror.
Today we honor the memory of the lives that were lost on September 11, 2001 in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We remember the heroic efforts of our first responders, as well as the individuals who are sacrificed their own lives on United Flight 93 to prevent other Americans from losing theirs.