Never Forget: The Terror of 9/11

from Issue 3

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ighteen years ago today, a well-known tragedy shook America to its core. Members of the radical Islamic group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes. Three hit their mark: at 8:46 a.m. EST, the first hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center; at 9:03, the South Tower of the World Trade Center; at 9:37, the Pentagon. The fourth plane was successfully recaptured by passengers and crashed into a field in Pennsylvania at 10:03; no passenger survived. Nearly 3,000 citizens and first responders lost their lives from the attacks, and subsequently, then-President George W. Bush declared a War on Terror. The attacks grounded the United States’ planes as well as their sense of security and liberty, and eighteen years later, the effects—federal laws and extended overseas wars—still stand.