The Tragedy of 9/11 

On the 20th anniversary


The 9/11 memorial a decade later

Jorja Sundin, Contributor


September 11, 2001, tons of families were saying goodbye to their loved ones as they went to work expecting them to come home. The events that happened on September 11 has not only affected so many families but The United States of America. Although the 9/11 attacks were a tragedy it has also made a major impact on the way things work in the United States today. 

Many years before the attacks a group of 19 men from Saudi Arabia were already planning on attacking the United States. The men believed that the U.S. wasn’t strong enough to protect itself from this kind of destruction. The plan took around 2 years to create but, once they created the plan, they carried through with it. On September 11, 2001 the 19 men split up into groups and proceeded to hijack planes on international airlines. The first two planes were flown into the twin towers in New York City. In less than 10 minutes the third plane was flown into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. There was a fourth plane that was planned to hit the United States capital or the White House. The passengers on the plane successfully defeated the hijackers, but they unfortunately crashed into a field in Pennsylvania and no one made it out alive from the crash.  

Even though, nearly 3,000 people died on just the one day the events were one of the biggest turning points in the United States. The 9/11 attacks have taught the U.S. to prepare for anything as big as this and possibly bigger. It has been two decades since the attack and recently many people have been remembering the tragic events that happened in 2001. There are many memorials across the nation that are open to the public for visiting to show support. Even though this happened 20 years ago it is something that will stick with many people forever and will never be forgotten.