A day to reflect: September 11

A sobering day to remember and reflect on the impact of 9/11

It seemed like a regular average Tuesday morning in New York City. There wasn’t a single cloud in the clear blue sky. As many people went to work and dropped their children off at school, no one could anticipate what would happen next. 

While everybody was doing their usual routine, American Airlines Flight 11 suddenly crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m. Crashing through floors 93 through 99 of the building, many witnesses assumed that the airplane had made a mistake. Even multiple media networks originally reported the situations as a flight error. Then at 9:03 a.m, the South Tower was attacked by United Airlines Flight 175, targeting floors 77 through 82. In this building, the impact rendered two of the three emergency stairwells impassable and severed a majority of the elevator cables in this area, trapping many above the impact zone and inside elevator cars.

Later that morning, reports soon began flowing in that another plane had crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The plane in fact had crashed into the E-side of the Pentagon, killing everybody on board and multiple people in the federal government building.

Even with all the firefighters, police officers, and ambulances, there was a slim to no chance of being rescued. As a result, many civilians who were stuck within the upper floors of the Twin Towers were left with no choice but to jump from the buildings and try to survive the fall. For those that jumped, they not only left a scar in the mind of those who witnessed the act, but they failed to survive the fall. 

After burning due to the airline fuel for nearly 56 minutes, the South Tower became the first to collapse at 9:59 a.m. Later on, it became apparent that the North Tower was slightly leaning and that it was going to come down very shortly. In fact, immediately after, at 10:28 a.m. the North Tower collapsed following in the steps of the South Tower. 

343 firefighters died in the Twin Towers.; No one was able to escape the North Tower from the impact zone or higher due to the destruction of the emergency stairwells. In total, 2,977 victims died on September 11, along with 19 hijackers.

Public Opinion: The entirety of America was shook on that day. The world we once knew and comfortable in was gone. For a brief period, Americans were scared to even go outside of their homes. In fact, that same sentiment can be shared in modern society. In the digital age of iphones, social media platforms, influencers and digital content, there’s less trust in human interaction. We are living in a self-contained bubble of our own custom-made content. Any piece of brand new information can be twisted and altered for our own personal favor, diverting from the truth. You could say that the nation’s current global problems started with the events of September 11 and its aftermath.

At the end of the day,  9/11 has forced us into our deepest and darkest fears and even though it’s been 18 years after the monumental event, we are still hiding from our truth.

Flashing Back,


~Elijah Williams, Staff Writer~

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