Professor Christopher Tidwell
English Composition 1
13 November 2014
The Day That Changed America Forever
One of the most devastating events in American history took place on September 11, 2001, also referred as 9/11, and has altered America ever since. During this tragic event, terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jets and flew them straight into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon in New York. There are many conspiracies on why this event happened, but no justification. This attack resulted in extensive death and destruction and is unforgettable to all Americans. To this day, Americans continue to honor those lives who were lost in this horrible occurrence. The tragedy began at 8:45 am on a normal Tuesday morning when the first jet crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. At that point, the people in the building and in the jet were doomed. People resorted to jumping out windows from a 110-story skyscraper because they had no other option. Shortly after, another jet crashed into the south tower of the Trade Center causing the Twin Towers to collapse and form a massive explosion. Citizens on the streets were also doomed from the burning debris falling everywhere. As the towers were collapsing millions of Americans could only watch the horrid footage of the country into shambles. It is recorded that “3,000 people died in the World Trade Center, including a staggering 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers” (A+E Networks). It was clear that America was under attack and there was nothing anyone could do to put an end to this crisis. All Americans could do at that point is watch their important landmarks fall apart taking away loved ones, crushing the spirit of America. During the time George W. Bush was president and he spoke out at 9 pm to say “terrorist attacks can shake the foundation of [our] biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the...
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