National September 11 Memorial
New York City, NY

The chaos of the morning rush in New York City was not out of the ordinary Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001. Business people dashed into subway cars, taxi drivers weaved in and out of traffic, and tourists snapped pictures in Times Square. The bright and sunny morning, however, quickly turned dark when, at 8:46AM, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower. Soon after, United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the Center’s South Tower. These events were two of four hijacked planes that day, resulting in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. READ MORE

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
Washington, D.C.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Department of Justice employees at the Pentagon were learning of two planes colliding with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. At 9:37AM, however, they, too, became involved in the disaster. American Airlines Flight 77 had left Dulles International Airport en route to Los Angeles, California, when – between 8:51AM and 8:54AM – five terrorists hijacked the plane. The attackers drove the plane into the Pentagon, killing 125 people within its walls and all 64 people aboard the plane. In all, 184 lives were lost that devastating day. READ MORE

Flight 93 National Memorial
Stoystown, PA

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Americans across the country were slowly learning of three devastating terrorist attacks – Flight 11 and Flight 175 crashing into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center in New York City and Flight 77 to the Pentagon. These people included the residents of Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania. Around 10:03AM, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field within the small town, located about 80 miles from Pittsburgh. Approximately 46 minutes after takeoff, four members of al-Qaeda hijacked the flight, which was traveling from Newark International Airport, NJ to San Francisco International Airport, CA. Speculation indicates that Flight 93 was bound for either the White House or Capitol building in Washington, D.C., which leads to what sets this incidence apart – Flight 93 was the only plane to never reach the intended target. READ MORE