Worst of the 2000s September 11, 2001

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” - Sandy Dahl
We Remember…

Tragedy Strikes

On September 11, 2001...

four airplanes carrying passengers, owned by United Airlines and American Airlines, were hijacked by nineteen militants who belonged to al-Queda, an Islamic extremist group. Four terrorist attacks took place: two aircrafts flew through the World Trade Center in New York, one attacked the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the last crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. These attacks resulted in trillions of dollars worth of damages, thousands of injuries, and the loss of thousands of civilians and first responders.

- The World Trade Center -
"One of the worst days in America's histroy saw some of the bravest acts in Americans' history. We'll always honor the heroes of 9/11. And here at this hallowed place, we pledge that we will never forget their sacrifice." - President George Bush

The morning of September 11th was a dark and tragic day for many, especially those in New York, Washington D.C, and Pennsylvania. Flight 11, the first plane which belonged to American Airlines, was crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 A.M.. As people witnessed the first crash, they believed that it was just an accident. However, in the next 17 minuts, they were shortly proven wrong as flight 175 from Boston, a plane owned by United Airlines, hit the south tower. In that moment, the Unites States recognized they were under attack and the victim of terrorist attacks. As the twin towers' 110 stories collapsed and got destroyed, debris, lack of oxygen, intake of too much smoke, and the imoact of those who jumpd out of the towers killed thousands of people. Ground Zero changed the lives of many.

The Pentagon
"The attacks of September 11th were intended to break our spirit. Instead we have emerged stronger and more unified." - Mayor Rudy Giuliani

American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon at 9:37 A.M. ET, after being hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists. Once the Pentagon was struck, first responders fought fires and attempted to rescue dozens of people. 189 people died, 125 were employees.

Shanksville, Pennsylvania
"No day shall erase you from the memory of time." - Virgil

United Airlines Flight 93, headed to San Francisco, was warned of the 3 other hijacked planes. As passangers were threatened by the hijackers with box cutters, knives, and a bomb, passangers and the crew began to fight back. Due to their counterattack, the hijackers decided to crash the plane rather than continuing the plan because of the fear that the passangers would soon get into the cockpit. Going 580 miles per hour,, the plane landed into an empty field in Pennsylvania. The plane became a fireball and burned a lot of the field.

The Aftermath

Hate Crimes

  • Harrassment and hate crimes against Muslims and South Asians
  • Anyone in turbans, or anyone fittin stereotypes, were attacked
  • Threats and attacks on mosques and other religious buildings

Health Issues

  • Toxic Debris infected many residents and tourists in New York causing fatal or serious effects on their bodies


  • Stock exchanges were closed until the 17th of September
  • Stocks lost $1.4 trillion in value
  • 430,000 job-months and $2.8 billion in wages were gone
  • GDP declined $27.3 billion
  • Billions of dollars worth of damages
  • Small businesses and other surrounding the Twin Towers = destroyed
  • Led to the U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraw


  • Legislation to combat terrorism
  • Many anti-terrorism/prevention acts
  • the creation of the Department of Homeland Security
  • Increased, more strict security; especially in airports (Transportation Security Administration)
  • Within a year, repairs on the damaged section of the Pentegon were completed.
  • Rebuilding of the World Trade Center. New tower became One World Trade Center, and was completed in July of 2013.
  • WTC also gained 3 office towers.
  • Memorials surrounded all of the attack sites.
  • Tribute in Light
  • Pentagon Memorial
  • Flight 93 National Memorial
  • 9/11 Memorial Mueseum

Why is 9/11 the worst event in the 2000s?

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world changed. What makes this the worst event is that it did not need to happen, it killed and injured thousands of people, destroyed buildings, and shook many people's lives. Perspectives of the world was changed and many began to live in fear and loss of faith. Although other serious and tragic disasters came about during the 2000s, 9/11 could have been prevented if there was a higher security; whereas some of the other events could not be prevented. Daily life around the globe was affected by this, it led to changes in how people lived. Security was increased drastically and is more careful, many lost loved ones, and much more. The first responders, brave civilians that assisted, and the victims of this terrible incident will always be remembered.

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