“Katie, I do not want to alarm anyone right now but apparently… It felt, just a few moments ago, that there was an explosion of some kind here at the Pentagon.”
~Jim Miklaszewski, NBC News
Those were the words. At 8:49 am we were stunned to find out they hit in the DC area too. This was the first time America has had a large scale attack on it own soil since Pearl Harbor. The nation was shocked and confused those dark hours.
On September 11th 2001 , four US airliners to strike targets that stood for America and freedom. The hijackers hit three of their four targets, the Pentagon (Arlington, VA) and both of the Twin Towers (New York, NY). The fourth plane was crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA.
“Our enemies have made the mistake that America’s enemies always make. They saw liberty and thought they saw weakness. And now, they see defeat.”
~ George W. Bush, President of the United States.
September 11 has been henceforth been named Patriot Day. Today the President requests that flags be flown half-mast and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 am (when the first plane hit the north tower). He also asks Americans to use the Corporation for National and Community Service to find and volunteer for service opportunities.