9/11: Fifteen Years Later


On September 11, 2001, tragedy struck our nation. Fifteen years later, we honor all the men and women who died at the hands of hatred; we reflect upon the day that changed the way our nation approaches national security for good. On this faithful morning, two planes were hijacked and deliberately steered into the two World Trade Center towers. At 9:30 am the same morning, another plane was seized by terrorists and crashed into the Pentagon, America’s central intelligence headquarters. The fourth and final plane made a violent landing into a field in Pennsylvania after heroic passengers piloted the plane out of the terrorists’ control.

In our fast-paced world, most days slip in and out of our memories. However, September 11th, 2001 is a date engrained in the minds of each American. Whether watching the tragedy unfold on television or from Times Square, the impact of the attacks resonated with each citizen.

Ask anyone who is old enough what they were doing on that date, and they will tell you every last detail.

Mr. Prescott was in his kitchen, preparing for the school day when he watched the first hijacked plane fly aimlessly—so he thought—into the World Trade Center towers. Shaken by this apparent accident, he, like many people, went about his day and headed to Newman. Once arriving to school, Mr. Prescott was shocked to receive news that a second plane had just plowed into the towers. The only television available at Newman’s campus, an old fashioned VCR on a cart, was rolled into the hallway as students and teachers alike gathered around it to watch the news coverage. Besides what was being portrayed on the media, no one was aware of the true extent of the attacks or the number of casualties. Mr. Prescott was particularly concerned about students who had family in the New York area, and who were unable to contact these relatives because of jammed phone lines.

Fifteen years later, we remember the lives lost on this day. Every American, in some way, was and continues to be affected by September 11th, 2001. Everyone has a story.

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