10 years later: 9-11 will never be forgotten september 11, 2011

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September 11, 2011


I’m writing this article on the 11th of September, 2011 and I want to add my thoughts, show a few pictures, and state a few facts/statistics about this sad day in American history and the events it caused over the next 10 years.
What were you doing when the terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes and attacked America on 9/11/2001? Some events are so terrible that people remember exactly what time, where they were, and what they were doing when it happened. Time stands still!! Events like the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the JFK assassination are two other events that come to mind. I know one thing for sure, most people in Hawaii were sleeping when that first plane flew into the North Tower of the New York’s World Trade Center at 8:46AM (this was 2:46AM in Hawaii). But, word got around fast even at that time in the morning. One of my wife’s friends called the house and my wife woke me up and told me to turn on the TV. I was watching when the second plane flew into the South Tower at 9:03AM. Then we find out that another plane has crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. at 9:37AM. At this point, nobody knew how many planes were hijacked and all commercial airplanes were told to land at the nearest available airport. No planes were to take off. About this time, we hear that there is a fourth hijacked plane which eventually crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at 10:03AM. Thank God there were no more hijacked planes in the sky that day.
That morning I didn’t know whether or not to go to work but at 4:30AM I got into my truck and drove to Fort Shafter. After I was there for about an hour, we (there were 3 of us in the building) got word that everybody was being told to stay home. We had a TV at the office and we watched the horror as the Trade Center Towers collapsed and all those people were killed.

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