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Remembering 9/11

September 11th, 2001 is a date that will be forever remembered in American history. 17 years ago on this day the United States had a series of four terrorist attacks done by the Islamic group Al-Qaeda. The attack killed nearly 3000 people, injured over 6000, and caused $10 billion dollars worth of damage. Months and years after the attacks, additional people had passed away because of the 9/11 related cancers and respiratory diseases. Four planes departing from the north east coast heading towards California had been hijacked by 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center  in New York and within 1 hour and 42 minutes, both 110 story towers had completely collapsed. The third plane headed for the Pentagon, collapsing the west side of the building. The fourth and final plane was supposed to go down to Washington D.C. but was landed in a field in Pennsylvania after its passengers thwarted the hijacker.

Americans since 9/11 have been greatly impacted such as the families of those who lost their loved ones. Many children, teenagers, and young adults, like myself, are only fond of a post-9/11 world. When the attack happened, we didn’t remember or experience life before it. An example of a common post 9/11 result is security which we can see in airports that it is very thorough and cautious. Hate crimes have also been more prevalent especially for Muslims all over the world, although the risk is higher for individuals living where there is a small population of Muslims.

This attack had changed George W. Bush’s first term as president and as a result he called the Global War on Terrorism which had NATO invade Afghanistan to take down the Taliban regimes that harbors Al-Qaeda. However, the war is still ongoing with no victors.

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