Remembering September 11th

9/11/2001 - On September 11, 2001, a tragic event occurred in the United States. Today the Civil Air Patrol remembers these tragic events, and mourns for those that are unable to be with us today. We also thank our country for the opportunity to help in this time of need.

Fourteen years ago, nineteen militants associated with the extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

Shortly after the attack, New York’s Governor George Pataki and the Federal Emergency Management Agency requested CAP aerial surveillance planes, and despite the nationwide ground stop on air traffic, the Pentagon approved it. CAP “provided the first direct aerial perspective of the disaster site for the state of New York. The photos were the first images we’d seen looking down on the site and showed debris on top of buildings and damage to rooftops,” said Dan O’Brien, graphic information program manager at the time for the New York State Emergency Management Office. O’Brien’s agency superimposed street grids over the better-quality photographs so emergency workers on the ground, working in a desolated and convoluted landscape, could understand where they were standing. The photos also were sent to the White House and Pentagon for further analysis.

Today on September 11, 2015, people around the world remember the events of the World Trade Center attack. It is remembered both as a tragic moment in time, and as a time that brought us together. The 9/11 Memorial honors those who lost their lives in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The Memorial occupies the eight acres where the original trade center once sat, and is a tribute to the past and a place of hope for the future. The Memorial is described as “calm and loud at the same time, and the waterfalls reminded me of the loss of thousands of people.”

On November 4, 2014, a new and futuristic World Trade Center was opened, designed to be iconic and to transcend history itself. Here the past, present, and future come together to create something entirely new and spectacular. Today, the World Trade Center Association stimulates trade and investment opportunities for commercial property developers, economic development agencies, and international businesses looking to connect globally and prosper locally.

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The Twin Towers

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CAP Plane over WTC Site

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9/11 Memorial

Iconic World Trade Center

Iconic World Trade Center

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1st Lt. Ethan Berg, GAWG/PA