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What Happened on September 11, 2001?

By Sherry Holetzky
Updated May 17, 2024
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September 11, 2001 was a bright, crisp morning in many regions of the United States, which was shattered when the nation was attacked by terrorists. Americans and friends all over the world remember where they were and what they were doing that fateful Tuesday morning, when the first attack commenced with a plane being flown into the World Trade Center in New York.

On September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time, American Airlines Flight 11 was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center. At first, many believed the event to be an accident, simple pilot error. The news of the crash preempted many regular programs as cameramen and photographers captured flames, billowing smoke, and sadly, bodies of people who plunged to their deaths rather than remaining trapped in the building. As journalists and everyday people continued filming, snapping photos, and watching the skies, another plane, United Airlines Flight 175, was flown into the south tower at 9:02 a.m. America was clearly under attack.

Before people could absorb the shock, another strike was being executed. Unbeknownst to Americans, at least one more plane headed toward Washington, D.C. At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 was flown into the Pentagon, the headquarters of America’s military operations. People were horrified to learn that other planes that may have been hijacked were still not accounted for. Loved ones of passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 began receiving phone calls, learning that the flight had indeed been hijacked. They told their loved ones of the earlier attacks.

The brave men and women on Flight 93 refused to let their plane or their deaths be used to hurt America. They died as heroes, as they retook the plane, crashing it into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania instead of allowing the hijacked plane to go on to its intended target, believed to be nearby Washington, D.C. It was 10:03 on September 11, 2001.

In less than one and a half hours, three American landmarks had been hit and one had been narrowly avoided. Soon, U.S. Airspace was closed down completely. Many believe that other attacks were still pending on September 11 and that this unprecedented move by the U.S. government thwarted further atrocities.

America learned a lot about heroes on September 11, 2001. First responders, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and a host of off duty responders, construction workers, medical professionals, and everyday people risked their lives to help evacuate as many people as possible from the burning and badly damaged Twin Towers, as well as from the Pentagon. Brave men and women lost their lives on September 11, along with the victims inside each building and aboard each plane.

Many sayings are associated with the September 11 atrocities, such as, “We will never forget.” Certainly, Americans will never forget the day that thousands of innocent people, their parents, siblings, children, spouses, and friends, were murdered on American soil. September 11 is also known as “the day the United States once again became united” and “the day the world changed.” It’s true that Americans banded together to help each other through the harrowing events and the aftermath of that day. It’s also true that the world reacted to the September 11, 2001 attack, and perhaps the world did change.

Americans were touched by the heartfelt sentiments and condolences shared by citizens and leaders from over one hundred other nations. Hearing the National Anthem played in other countries brought fresh tears to the eyes of many. The tributes and kindnesses were without measure, and they helped America face the atrocities of September 11, as well as the taunts of her enemies, who danced in the streets and celebrated the brutal deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans in an unprovoked and unprecedented attack.

While some believe that U.S. foreign policy played a hand in inciting these attacks, they were not acts of self-defense, nor is there any way to justify such tactics. The attacks of September 11, 2001 were executed mainly against civilians, and they were nothing less than atrocities, carried out by terrorist extremists.

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Discussion Comments
By anon347921 — On Sep 11, 2013

It was the worst day ever. It was really scary being in that smoke.

By anon347891 — On Sep 11, 2013

A lot of people died.

By anon322885 — On Mar 01, 2013

I was born in 2001 and thank god my dad wasn't harmed, but he helped a lot of people and dug out bodies the next day. He was in the FBI and his building was so close to the World Trade Center.

By anon299338 — On Oct 24, 2012

I wasn't born yet. Actually, I was born one year afterward in 2002. I read what happened and it almost made me cry. Those people were so brave. I'm just glad that nobody in my family got hurt. And shame on those people who made all those people die. I am 10 years old and this happened 11 years ago.

By anon291473 — On Sep 14, 2012

I lost four members of my family that day.

By anon290900 — On Sep 11, 2012

I do not know anything about this, but I want to know.

By anon278324 — On Jul 05, 2012

I was four years old when this event happened. To be honest, I was devastated seeing all of the people running, crying, jumping from the buildings, and seeing the smoke rise from the buildings. For a four year old, that's pretty scary. I believe my cousins were over by the buildings while this occurred but they ran and got the heck out of there. They are still alive.

At school during this tragic event, my teachers, my friends and my friends parents were all freaking out. Being the youngest one in my class, I asked a lot of questions like what happened? Everyone was just getting picked up from the school.

On this same day, my little sister was trapped in a van with no a/c at a sam's club. 9/11 was just not a good day. I hope everyone who had passed away on that horrifying day rests with god and will always be remembered as heroes. God bless the USA. My name is J. Thomas and I am 15 years old.

By anon270927 — On May 24, 2012

Rest in peace to every brave person there.

By anon266724 — On May 07, 2012

Two planes hit the World Trade Center and it took 102 minutes.

By anon257524 — On Mar 27, 2012

It is sad what happened and I feel sorry for the families of people who died in this event, but the U.S. has gone too far warmongering. The U.S. has killed a lot of innocent people. Think about Hiroshima. How brave was that dropping an atomic bomb on innocent civilians, 150,000 killed in Iraq and how many have you killed in Vietnam and all the other places where you really don't belong.

So yeah, it's sad, but you brought that upon yourselves. We are all bystanders of a corporate military regime that you call the United States that terrorizes the world.

By anon254209 — On Mar 12, 2012

It's so sad and my brother almost died that day because of all the smoke. I feel like crying. I'm crying so much. I feel bad for the people in the building and on the planes. I will always love and cherish the people who died. I hate you, osama bin laden!

By anon237466 — On Dec 29, 2011

My due date was 9/11 on 2001. I can't believe that happened. It was terrible.

By anon234647 — On Dec 13, 2011

I was only two days old when that happened. I feel bad for a lot of people.

By anon230633 — On Nov 20, 2011

Our social studies teacher was s high school student. Her best friend's father died that day.

By anon214266 — On Sep 14, 2011

The day our nation was tried, I was in the first twin tower. I was on the first level, and the whole time I was thinking how beautiful it was to see inside the lovely building, but then, about a half hour later, I heard a big boom. I thought they were construction workers or something until I saw everyone running out screaming, "help,” so I realized something was not right.

I started to turn when something hit me from the ceiling. It was starting to collapse. It made me dizzy and my eyes became blurry. Knowing that I might pass out or something else would hit me, I ducked and kept running. I could not see very well where I was going, so I saw a worker and followed him as fast as I could. I ended up losing him, so I grabbed my cellphone and started to call my mother. When she answered I started to cry. She asked me what was wrong. I told her to look on the news and I'm in the building. She started to get frightened. I said, “Mom, I can see the doors. I'm going out. I will be fine.”

Well, a group of people pushed past me and I fell. Luckily a man with a cop hat on helped me up and led me to the door. As I walked out, I felt fresh air, then wiped my head in relief. When I took my hand away, my head was bleeding from whatever it was that had hit me from before. So many people gathered around me and were asking me questions. I told them I did not want to be bothered, so I sat down and from there I watched the twin towers come down and kill thousands of our nations people. I did feel bad but in my mind I knew I could not save these people.

I feel for everyone who was in there that day and made it. Every day we have to think about how we could've died or how someone else died in our place for not being able to get out of the building. People say I am lucky. If I could have, I would have died in the place of any of the children in that building. There was a three year old in that building with her mother I had seen, but when all this hit, I only saw the mother jumping out of the window.. The baby never came out. I feel for everything that happened that day. I love America! We will make it through this and whatever else they want to bring over. We are troops, here to fight for what's right.

By anon213991 — On Sep 13, 2011

I remember when the 9/11 hit. I was only 10. I was in New York the night before the twin towers were attacked. I've never seen anything like it. It was horrible. Never have I seen so many innocent people do what they did that day. I was frightened. I knew we had just taken my uncle to new york to see the twin towers. And now they were being attacked. I knew for sure that my uncle was dead.

I started to cry and told my mom, then she started to freak out, but about 9:30 a.m., we received a call from a pay phone. I answered it. It was my uncle. He had gotten out before. He was only on the first floor when it happened. He said he saw a little girl sitting there looking lost, so he grabbed her and ran out. To this day we still do not know who her mother is, but my uncle treats her like his own and she is happy. That day was a day that our nation was tried and I will never forget, and neither will most of us. So I want us all to remember this and learn from it. I love the United States of America, and my uncle and new cousin.

By anon213488 — On Sep 11, 2011

it was totally staged by the government including the osama bin laden death. USA government lies!

By anon213089 — On Sep 09, 2011

It must have been really sad for those people to go through that terrifying moment.It broke my heart when my teacher showed us the footage of 9-11 because more than 3,000 people died over neglect and hate and violence from another county that plan to do this to america. I feel sad for the ones who died on 9-11.

By anon213053 — On Sep 09, 2011

I was still a little baby.

By anon212913 — On Sep 09, 2011

Watch a video of a planned demolition, with the collapse of a building, then watch the video of WTC 1, 2 and 7 collapsing. What is the difference? This is where anybody should start. Conclusions, of course, are still not clearly defined. There is a time to mourn and a time to tell the truth, I suppose.

By anon210514 — On Aug 30, 2011

I was in Florida and one of my friends was there. He was the same age as me but he died. I cried for two hours.

By anon208351 — On Aug 22, 2011

The government staged it totally! I worked at the hotel near this and my boss let me see the tapes before they were restricted. Bush lies!

By anon185955 — On Jun 13, 2011

I was in in grade 9 so I was about 13, and I got up to go to school and saw it on the news. nobody did anything all day but talk about it and watch it. When I saw, there was supposedly some dirty looking caveman behind it. I was mad yeah, and unfortunately thought racist things and said racist things against Muslims.

So I'm now 23 and have realized that my reaction is exactly what the people in power want the masses to believe. Just like Adolf Hitler did in the second world war by demonizing Jews, our leaders have presented us with this terrifying image of savages who live for our destruction.

Looking into things, however, I realized that the "Savages" were really our leaders! I am now fully aware of the scale of our government's corruption, and recognize that they are the biggest gangsters and thugs in the world. I have abandoned my crap Christian religion and in being an atheist, found something I can only describe as an inner peace mixed with a lust for the blood of the exploiter. Abandon your gods, stop worshipping celebrities and money and look into things for yourselves. Put down that useless newspaper and do a google search on something and look for some independent media, anything but listen to the sequence of events laid out to you by the shepherds.

I'm not meaning this in a demeaning way. But the USA and Israel are the most evil monsters that have ever lived. Not the citizens, the ones in power.

By anon181509 — On May 29, 2011

that was a very sad day for the u.s.a. that day we will never forget!

By anon173785 — On May 08, 2011

September 11, 2001 I was in the third grade. I live in mountain standard time and I woke up early that morning around 6:30. I turned on the tv just to see "Breaking News" the World Trade Center had been hit. I kept watching and 15 minutes later the second Tower had been hit. It is an event that will be remembered by people forever. God Bless America!

By anon172586 — On May 04, 2011

im from mexico and i was three years old when this happened but i still feel bad for all the people who died on 9/11.

By anon172038 — On May 02, 2011

i was only 10 months old and now i am 10 turning 11. It was so sad to hear what happened but who did it and i know it wasn't Osama bin Laden. America shouldn't be celebrating his death.

By anon171964 — On May 02, 2011

I was 2 when this happened. I was an only child at the time. I am going to be 12 in two days now. I have to do a report on this and I think this is very sad.

By anon171863 — On May 02, 2011

well your wishes came true! It has been confirmed that Osama Bin Laden is dead.

By anon170802 — On Apr 27, 2011

I remembered that day. So terrifying.

September 11 2001 was a tragic day.

Me at age 5 coloring the U.S flag in my home and my family watching the news and all of sudden "breaking news" and me looking at the T.V and my parents were in tears and all looking at at the screen with shock. I saw people panicking and running.

My older friend came from school saying as soon as they started to say the pledge of allegiance a boy came running to class and said to turn on the T.V that airplanes crashed the Twin Towers (World Trade Center) and for the full period watching the news. That day I will never forget.

By anon169236 — On Apr 20, 2011

I was in fourth grade and my teacher received a call on the phone and she turned the television on to CNN, we all stopped and watched as the first tower was hit and minutes later the second was hit. You could see spots coming out of the sky, which were really people falling from the towers as they began to fall. This was such a traumatic day.

By anon165998 — On Apr 06, 2011

i was one year old and now I'm 10 years old fixing to turn 11. I'm in fith grade and the other day we watched a movie in class. it was about 911. it made me cry!

By anon163057 — On Mar 26, 2011

when i first heard the news, I felt terrible because it happened on the same day as my birthday. Why did it have to happen on the same day as my birthday. It makes me feel like that day is very unlucky.

By anon163052 — On Mar 25, 2011

Rest in Peace to all the fallen. God bless America.

By anon163036 — On Mar 25, 2011

I was four when this horrible thing happened. I remember my family crying so much and I couldn't understand why, but now I do. Even if you were in NYC or in Florida or anywhere in the world this made a true impact in our world.

I'm glad that humans are always out there for each other. Like how we helped Haiti during the earthquake and also helped Japan's recent and horrible disaster going on. May every victim RIP and may God Bless every single one of you.

By anon162890 — On Mar 25, 2011

My birthday is on september 11. I was only four years old when that happened. i feel so bad that all of those people died. I just think that is so sad for their family and friends.

Still, remember this on 9/11: just think how you would feel about someone you loved who has passed on.

I hope that it won't happen to our american friends and family. Just think about this sad thing that happened on that day and year. Catherine s. age 13

By anon162366 — On Mar 23, 2011

I was in third grade, and I remember my teacher turning on the TV for us to watch the news. It was very tragic and crushing. But doing research and watching videos makes me feel like it was just yesterday when it happened. I pray for those who have fallen.

By anon158815 — On Mar 08, 2011

I'm sorry. I may be a little dumb, may not be the Einstein of the 21st century, but I still don't understand. Planes crash and destroy two very important towers and possibly the most important command base in the world. The automatic response? Anti-terrorism forces sprout up. Our instant response to any 9-11 mention is: "Muslim people are the most evil creatures".

Do you remember what happened the last time someone thought about evil creatures because they were different? World War II. I don't know if you get my point, but don't you think it's time to change? Or is it going to be an eye-for-an-eye war forever? It's our chance, it's our turn to change the world. Sorry if I insulted anyone. Anyhow, I'm not the brightest person alive (as you probably can tell).

By anon158007 — On Mar 05, 2011

I was in first grade when this happened. All I can remember is the chaos of all the adults talking and the news reports. But now I have a better understanding of the horrible situation. I'm also doing research for an article about the brave ones that risked their lives for us that day.

By anon155876 — On Feb 24, 2011

Thank you to those brave heroes who risked their lives for us. I was only 2 years old when this happened. And now I finally understand the whole 9/11 tragedy.

By anon154101 — On Feb 19, 2011

i looked up the pentagon for this monument thing. i was doing and why did this come up and I'm so sorry for the people whose family or friends have died in this accident. i was only a year old.

By anon148522 — On Feb 01, 2011

I was 5 years old. All I heard was my mother screaming. Later that day, she explained my father had died in one of the twin towers.

By anon146962 — On Jan 27, 2011

Anon132689: How horrible for you to have your mom in the attacks. I feel so sorry for you, and I wish I could give more sympathy. I was only 1 year old, and my family was watching it on the TV. I was told that I started to cry, so my mom turned it off. Those people were plain insane.

By anon144814 — On Jan 21, 2011

your "general overview" is written in a biased manner. if you're going to write about something like this you should write facts, not your "truths" and enthymemes.

By anon143796 — On Jan 17, 2011

I was in the fourth grade when this happened, and now that I understand every piece of the massive puzzle I feel more and more hatred to the group that did this.

By anon143778 — On Jan 17, 2011

i was seven and living in the middle east at the time and it was all over the news. everyone, arabs and muslims alike, were outraged by what had occurred.

It's a shame that a few (prior to 911, very insignificant) people can damage the image of an entire religion and race.

i recently moved to the states and the attitude many people have towards muslims is astonishing. from experience, i have never met an arab i didn't like. It's just wrong what some people have led themselves to believe.

By anon143758 — On Jan 17, 2011

Thank you for this article. I am doing a research paper and didn't know that much about 9/11 or remember it because I was in kindergarten when it happened. I know what happened on September 11th but I still don't know why. I pray to God nothing like this will ever happen again and I pray for everyone affected. God Bless America.

By anon141902 — On Jan 11, 2011

thank you wise geeks! this helped me a lot with my research paper. it also helped me understand what really happened in this tragic event.

By anon139000 — On Jan 03, 2011

i was 5 years old and i was supposed to go to the bank with my dad that day. thank god he overslept because the bank was right around the twin towers.

By anon138392 — On Dec 31, 2010

Many people lost their lives on that horrific day and will be remembered by their loved ones.

By anon137852 — On Dec 29, 2010

i was a baby when this happened.

By anon136133 — On Dec 21, 2010

Oh yeah. It must have been an inside job! It all makes sense now! America is loved by everyone in the world! No one hates us! I forgot!

By anon135559 — On Dec 19, 2010

i am a student completing an essay on how 911 impacted society in britain. I am totally against such acts of terror, and 100 percent certain that these acts were an inside job to wage war in Afghanistan and Iraq. Do your research and you will see!

By anon135163 — On Dec 17, 2010

Why the heck would someone even think of killing so many people?

By anon132689 — On Dec 07, 2010

I was in third grade when 9/11 happened and it changed my life forever. My mom was on flight 11. Ever since the day I still cannot forgive or forget. It really shows how much damage just a couple of people can do. I go to New York every year on September 11 to go to ground zero to pay my respects to all the heroes and all the people who passed away because of this tragic event, including my mom.

By anon131760 — On Dec 03, 2010

I was four when the attack took place. Seeing the videos, pictures and reading the stories now, when I'm 13, though I cannot fully understand, gives me a much bigger respect for the heroes, helpers, and victims.

By anon129228 — On Nov 22, 2010

when that happened i was only 2 years old. it must have been so scary for those people to have to go through that.

By anon128917 — On Nov 21, 2010

September 11, 2001 was a tragic day, and thousands of people lost their lives too early. What happened was unfortunate and extremely wrong. however, what happened is no excuse to permit racism and violence.

There is unnecessary hostility towards Muslims, Arabs and Hindus. A group of terrorists did this, not the entire race. It is unjust and against American democracy to hate others, when in reality our United States Constitution promotes equality and freedom among all.

What happened was despicable, however, not all of the Islamic, Arabic and Muslim people should be ostracized and punished for something a group of terrorists did. World peace.

By anon128169 — On Nov 18, 2010

I was in the building next to it. i passed out with the flames. i felt like i was dead.

By anon127021 — On Nov 14, 2010

today, and all last week, I've been researching this topic. and even though i don't know the people who died, or live in the area that was most devastated, i do live in the u.s. and the impact even afterward is strong, and i just wish we could have stopped it before it happened.

By anon123556 — On Nov 02, 2010

I was in first grade when this happened. i remember parents picking up their kids and one by one everyone in my class just left. I don't live far away from new york so I remember seeing the smoke from the towers over the bridge.

It's such a shame how much hate is in the world.

By anon121838 — On Oct 25, 2010

I was in kindergarten when it happened.

By anon119379 — On Oct 17, 2010

I was in fifth grade when this went down. I believe I was at school. too. I remember everybody in fear as everybody's parents started picking up students including mine. I also remember my math teacher Ms. Jacob, a week later having us draw somebody or something killing Bin laden and posting like 20 fifth grade violent crayon drawings on the wall lol. That's horrible now, come to think of it.

I mean introducing violence and making little kids racist towards another culture, when the only enemy was the terrorist group. But I definitely remember watching people die on TV and that was horrible.

By anon119281 — On Oct 17, 2010

Thank you for the information. I am doing a geography essay on some events caused by humans, and this event is quite sad and interesting to write and research on.

The information has helped me a lot.

My heart truly does go out to the families and friends of the victims.

By anon112366 — On Sep 20, 2010

I was six when this happened and can remember some of when it happened. I feel so annoyed with myself that at the time I didn't understand it as well as older people did. But now that I do and have read the story on this page, there isn't possibly a word to describe my feelings on how I felt.

I live in the UK but it has had such an impact on the world not and I hope that this will never happen again so victims will never have to resort to jumping and people won't die.

I think that what those people on the flight 93 did the most amazing, bravest thing when they give their lives to protect other people's. Also I think they have made a massive amount of difference to how people think and care for strangers' lives.

By anon111491 — On Sep 16, 2010

2010 and still talking about September 11, 2001. The day that will forever go down in history. I was two when this attack was going on in America that was killing thousands of lives i think back and say what if that was me what if i got killed in 9/11. Why did these Islamic people try to attack us? why did they want to take innocent lives? Who was the blame for this? Those questions seem even today that they are still unanswered.

For those people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 I am so sorry you had to die that way. But some things happen for a reason. Age:11

By anon111280 — On Sep 15, 2010

i am 12, and was looking for info for a school paper. you have all helped me so much.

I just want to say that, when i was ten, my dad died of pancreatic cancer. to that one person who said that they thought they understood death but didn't, thank you. that is a present that i will treasure forever. God bless.

By anon110864 — On Sep 13, 2010

I believe that the men who wanted to do this wanted us, as americans to feel unsafe, disorganized and frightened of those around us.

I don't think people should judge our government because it wasn't their fault. RIP to the people who sacrificed their lives to save a couple thousand people who were going to die.

I was two when that happened and i barely remember what happened that day but i do remember events and i want god to bless those innocent people who died because of stupid people who killed thousands over an opinion.

Now I'm about to turn twelve and believe that our world is getting worse every day and that people should try to prevent this from ever happening again instead of trying to make things happen over something stupid most of the time. so have a great day.

By anon110836 — On Sep 13, 2010

my dad works in washington D.C. thank the lord they didn't crash the plane into the C.I.A building.

God blessed America that day for all the brave men and women who would risk their lives to protect us and help us.

By anon110803 — On Sep 13, 2010

I had just gotten up for work and turned on the news to see the first tower on fire. At first I thought, "what was that pilot thinking, flying so low over buildings like that." Then before I could even hear the reporter say what was going on, the second tower got hit. I knew then it was not an accident.

A few hours later, I was in a customer's house who was glued to their TV, I asked if they minded if I watched for a minute to get an update on what was going on. Within minutes we saw the first tower fall. They panicked and ran out the door to fill up their car with gas. An hour later they returned and informed me that half the town's gas stations were out of gas, and the few places with gas had lines stretching as far as he could see.

Watching this all happen made me sick and scared. But watching Bush blame Iraq and listening to all the people he tricked cheer about what was going to happen to Saddam made me angry about how foolish this country had become. Not only must we never forget what happened on this day, we must never allow this country to sink to such low levels that we falsely accuse and attack other nations out of anger, and never again should we use torture on people for any reason.

By anon110674 — On Sep 12, 2010

i was in kindergarten. i still remember watching the news in my class and seeing the smoke and the terror. i will never forget that day. flight 93 may you rest with God. may america stay strong and united. remember 9-11.

By anon110628 — On Sep 12, 2010

It's nice how they risked their own lives

By anon110594 — On Sep 12, 2010

I was two when that happened, and i am now 11. I was in Austin, TX though.

By anon110345 — On Sep 11, 2010

i was one year old when i was in NYC September 11. i heard screaming, crying and smoke. now I'm 10 years old and i still remember how the smoke looked. i still hear the screaming and crying. i've been looking at videos online and have searched everything for 5 years. when i was only five i started being curious about knowing who was behind killing 2000 human beings but i still don't. it's a mystery that has never been solved.

By anon110294 — On Sep 11, 2010

well i just turned 50 this past year. i will never forget it until the day i die and i hope and pray we get osama bin laden before it's my time to lay it to rest. god bless america and those who don't like it need to get somewhere and leave us at peace.

By anon109590 — On Sep 08, 2010

Worst day ever for every true human being. Terrorists are the slime of the earth -- but then again I'm giving slime a bad knock aren't I?

By anon108011 — On Sep 01, 2010

The year 2001 should not be repeated.

By anon101327 — On Aug 02, 2010

people, it's not the government or the arabs. Plus for a hijack of four planes to occur would have taken a lot of planning and time to do it. please, we can't blame the tragedy without proof because we don't have the authority to say who's right and wrong. only God does, but i hope most of the people in the crashes went to heaven.

By anon87922 — On Jun 02, 2010

honestly, i didn't know much about 9-11, or why do americans accuse every arab as a terrorist. After reading this, i guess what the americans believe is better safe than sorry. They're trying their best to "avoid" this type of situation to ever happen again.

But still, true a lot of innocent people have died in the 9-11 terrorist act, how about those arabs? they're innocent as well. those who were involved, well, died.

To say the truth i find this quite unfair. And okay 9-11 happened in america, well why should many other countries think so? The arabs are truly being treated unfairly, especially to those arabs who have nothing at all to do with 9-11.

oh! the info is great. it really helped me for my oral exam!

By anon87271 — On May 29, 2010

i think that 9/11 was one of the worst days ever. it was sad and I can still remember it like it was only last week.

By anon87270 — On May 29, 2010

i think that what happened was sad and very unexpected. But i think that there was no point to this hijack.

By anon87189 — On May 28, 2010

911 was horrible but we should not blame the government. we should think how this helped us in the long run. we have a better air line. and we can all know something like this might not happen again. that was so horrible.

we should all think we are the lucky ones. we are the people of the past, future and now we in the present don't blame anyone. We all have our rights. I'm done.

By anon86317 — On May 24, 2010

thank you wise geek this helped a lot with my paper.

R.I.P. for the innocent people who died in 9/11

(except for the stupid, crazy terrorists who started it).

By anon86177 — On May 24, 2010

this helped a lot. But even though it was the Middle East's fault, it's not just the Middle East that has done all of this. Don't think that Muslims are the only ones that are terrorists. I think what the people on flight 93 did was brave. I hope something like this never happens again, and no innocent people should ever get hurt.

By anon82938 — On May 08, 2010

Thanks! this was good for my research paper. And maybe you should put in how United States assumed that it was all the middle east's fault, when there were so many innocent people over there too.

By anon82018 — On May 04, 2010

America had nothing to do with that attack.

By anon78695 — On Apr 19, 2010

America had everything to do with this attack. the middle east made threats but this whole attack was so that usa could go to war with the middle east. the government had everything to do with it. it is all a scheme. open your eyes!

By anon76796 — On Apr 12, 2010

9/11 had to be a controlled demolition in the sense that there is no way that the two towers collapsed due to fire melting the 47 steel core columns. if that was the theory, then the first building hit by the plane should have fallen first since it was on fire for one hour before the second tower was hit but the second tower fell first. building 7 fell at 5 in the afternoon after the damage it received from the collapse. if you look at the tape it fell under 10 seconds. if that theory was correct then more buildings around should also have collapsed since the tower didn't all fall on just building 7.

By anon76244 — On Apr 09, 2010

What really happened on 9/11 was part true and some lies. The government was already planning to demolish the world trade centers, but not on that day. if you watch closely to the videos there were pre-detonation explosions. The buildings could have survived but the government decided to take action now while america thought it was the terrorists fully.

Yeah, the terrorists did fly planes into the tower, but the heat inside the building was not hot enough for the steel to bend and break. they were bombed off. I studied 9/11 for five years closely looking at the videos and the proof was right there. its OK if you don't believe me but take a look for yourself.

By anon76032 — On Apr 08, 2010

if we were attacked on 9/11 then why won't the government officials show us what really hit the pentagon? A video camera at a hotel across the pentagon has a perfect angle to what hit it, but meanwhile tapes were confiscated and not allowed to be seen. No airplane was found at the pentagon because the massive explosion vaporized the plane but they were still able to identify the victims by fingerprints and dental records.

Now what magic explosion can vaporize a plane with huge engine mad of steel but can leave someone's fingerprints intact? I'm definitely not unamerican, but the possibility of a corrupt government is very well possible.

By anon73121 — On Mar 25, 2010

I'm doing a project about this in my world studies class. and i find that the more i read about everything that happened this day the more it makes me realize how good we have it. and we take all we have for granted.

we could have been in that burning building that day. we could have died. all of us. you never know what will come next in this small world. it seems everyone puts on an act, we say "that's horrible" and to the people whose loved ones were in those buildings and who have suffered through the trauma, i mean really, really suffered through this, we say that we know how they feel. but do we? do we really know what if feels like to have someone who you love die in a fire. or on an airplane that was overtaken. or jump out of a lord knows how ever many stories building because they think that it is the only that they have even the slightest chance of living through this.

though i am only 13 years old i do understand what it means to go through this. i didn't go through this. but a very close friend of mine, her uncle to whom she loved very dearly died in the pentagon on that day. i thought at once that oh i know how she feels. let me comfort her and console her to make her feel better.

i learned very fast that i had no idea whatsoever what she was going through. well i will leave you with your time and be gone now.

By anon72568 — On Mar 23, 2010

The government didn't plan 9/11, so stop talking like they did. We were attacked. What the hell are you? Some insane lib? Comment 31, thank you, because I 100 percent agree with you.

If anyone thinks 9/ll was a conspiracy then they should go back in history and you will see that conflicts have been occurring since 411.

Yeah I know -- that long. Oh and by the way: the Madrid bombings happened 911 days after 9/11. That is not a coincidence. Madrid and the US were both attacked and not by their damn government. Oh and you must not be from America if you honestly think all American presidents were bad since America is obviously the best and most efficient country in history.

By anon71922 — On Mar 20, 2010

I was wondering what had happened on 9/11 and this site told me all about it. It is so sad to know many people died that day. They were also heroes. I am sorry to the people who lost friend, family and loved ones. Thank you for writing this site. it tells me a lot about that day.

By Rajah1121 — On Mar 19, 2010

You guys crack me up! lol! Americans are the ones that did these horrible things! The government did that! look into the truth guys! All of USA's presidents were bad! Do you guys know the KKK (Ku Klux Klan)? The leader of the KKK was the government! The government is evil! You guys really believe these lies! It was the government that made 9/11 happen!

By anon69801 — On Mar 10, 2010

I do want to say thank you for posting this site because i'm doing a poster for 9-11 and it's helped out a lot. Even though it is a very sad topic it's very interesting.

By anon69605 — On Mar 09, 2010

This story is very sad,but at least the victims died heroes! so sad.

By anon68423 — On Mar 02, 2010

"Declaring war sooner" is definitely not something that could have stopped September 11th but only made it happen sooner by fueling the Middle East's hatred for America even more.

While I agree 100 percent that 9/11 was a horrifying and unnecessary event, people must keep in mind what we are doing and have done in Iraq.

America has murdered far more innocent men, women and children in the name of "protecting America." It's all so very wrong.

By anon68139 — On Mar 01, 2010

It's truly sad that this is how history will read when our children and our children's children will learn this moment. Real people did die, and the real reason for the cause will never be explained by the government.

By anon65256 — On Feb 11, 2010

this was a great description on what had happened on 9/11.

By anon64499 — On Feb 07, 2010

This was great help for me. i'm doing a paper and this is the most help i have gotten out of anything. Thank you.

By anon62438 — On Jan 26, 2010

I am doing my speech on 9-11 for my class and this site is perfect. This site is terrific!

thank you for writing this article.

By anon58684 — On Jan 03, 2010

This was a terrible day in United States and world history. and all those who were lost will stay in our hearts forever.

By anon58080 — On Dec 29, 2009

it was a very sad incident. hats off to this site that provides the actual story.

By anon55413 — On Dec 07, 2009

that was such a sad, catastrophic event. I hope something like that never happens again. It was very sad and very horrible.

By anon55393 — On Dec 07, 2009

The day that the world will never forget. it is a day that we and our children will never forget. some say that bush was at fault for that, but we did not even think of that action.

By anon53082 — On Nov 18, 2009

What a horrible thing that happened! Why would someone do that? Crazy! I was five and I was in downtown toronto and i asked my mom if the bad people were going to fly planes into the CN Tower. I also asked if they were going to go to heaven. If you want to learn more read, "We All Fall Down" by Eric Walters.

By anon52923 — On Nov 17, 2009

this is very heart breaking, but what i was woundering was, did we get any threats? if so then we as a country should have decleard war sooner. then maybe we could have stopped it.

By anon51872 — On Nov 09, 2009

man this is so heart breaking. this makes me so sad. damn terrorists.

By anon51612 — On Nov 07, 2009

i was just over four years old and i lived in New Jersey, but it doesn't matter what age you are. you remember seeing smoke from the windows of your home.

By anon51231 — On Nov 04, 2009

this all happened when i was in third grade and to this day i still don't understand why it happened. the human race is stupid and we do things that just may change history for the worst. that's all this was. An idiot's choice that caused all this pain and grief.

By anon51092 — On Nov 03, 2009

it doesn't seem like it's been eight years but i guess it has been. i still remember it as if it were yesterday.

By anon49967 — On Oct 24, 2009

Some would argue that the government had fore-knowledge of these terrorist attacks. Unfortunately most "Conspiracy theories" have made it impossible to discuss the merits of such a claim. I wonder if people would change even if they knew exactly what happened.

By anon49726 — On Oct 22, 2009

Yo article really helped us out a lot! Thanks and yeah, we are still torn from the attack! And we are doing a project at sumter county high school on 9-11 and this helped! Thanks. shominique mitchell and delesha banks!

By anon49169 — On Oct 18, 2009

i remember being home and seeing everything from my backyard. it was a very sad, tragic and terrifying day for me.=(

By anon47935 — On Oct 08, 2009

the attacks of 911 were plotted and successfully covered up by us government officials.

By anon45954 — On Sep 22, 2009

I like the argument that a conspiracy "would have leaked". Did the Kennedy assassination leak, or wasn't it a conspiracy? Really. U.S. officials met in Berlin with Afghani officials some months before the attack and they expressed U.S. intention to go to war in Afghanistan. How conveniently things turned out.

By anon45559 — On Sep 17, 2009

i am so sad! i can still recall that fateful day.

By anon45531 — On Sep 17, 2009

This article helped me know to be strong and live strong for America.

By anon45387 — On Sep 16, 2009

oh so sad!

By anon45336 — On Sep 15, 2009

this only helps us understand that instead of being weaker we become more stronger! we will show that we will never give up on what we, our country believes: liberty, freedom and happiness!

By anon45235 — On Sep 14, 2009

that helped me.

By kevinakacb — On Sep 12, 2009

What have you learned about why our country was attacked?

By saprticus — On Sep 12, 2009

Also i hope you like communism cause that's where we're going with this president -- not Bush but Obama. We'll see how good of an idea it was to take our troops out because when that happens there will be a chain of bad stuff after that and later anarchy.

By saprticus — On Sep 12, 2009

Hey mister "it was staged." no it wasn't and where are you basing this information? off of, let me guess, from mr. Michael Moore. guys like him need to be shown the real world. you'll bash America but when you get the chance to go to a country like Niger you'll change your tune because you won't know what to do without your freedoms. you think you've got freedoms outside of America --wow are you mistaken.

By anon45031 — On Sep 12, 2009

September 11,2001 was a sad day and a very bad day for more than 2,000 people because they died. We will never forget that day.

By anon45029 — On Sep 12, 2009

I personally think all those radicald should die the worst death there is! God Bless America!

By anon45027 — On Sep 12, 2009

darkest day in american history.

By anon45012 — On Sep 12, 2009

so sad.

By anon44944 — On Sep 11, 2009

have any answers come to light about why the us was the target.

By anon44942 — On Sep 11, 2009

omg! this is so sad. feel like i going to cry.

By anon44933 — On Sep 11, 2009

i was doing a article about 9/11 and this is the website that has the information Thank you!

By anon44925 — On Sep 11, 2009

this is very tear worthy. it makes me sad just thinking about the families and friends of the ones on the plane. :[

By anon44763 — On Sep 10, 2009

Thank you for capturing the essence of what the true "American Dream" is all about; the love Americans have for each other. No we won't ever forget because it has brought us that much closer together.

By anon44210 — On Sep 05, 2009

Boy, it's amazing how the "True Story" about government cover ups/involvement/conspiracy could be pulled off by the quietest group of bureaucrats in the history of this country.

In order to construct such a huge plot, hundreds would be involved. So not one of these people decided to talk? No one has a soul or remorse or a conscience?

Please. Save the conspiracy crap. Remember: Just because you say something (is: secret military drills at 8AM confusing the air traffic screens...think about it) doesn't make it true. Just because you scream your opinions and fake statistics, the Ground Zero doesn't make you right.

By anon44194 — On Sep 05, 2009

I am going to do a project for my school in geography. and this is awesome.

By anon44193 — On Sep 05, 2009

Who was the one that started this problem?

By anon38485 — On Jul 26, 2009

9/11 was the most hurtful thing that has happened to the U.S.A

By anon37740 — On Jul 21, 2009

How about mentioning that "evidence indicates that three World Trade Center towers 1,2, and 7 were imploded by by pre-planted demolition charges."

How about mentioning that "contrary to established procedure, no fighter jets were scrambled when 4 planes deviated from course and were suspected of hijacking."

How about mentioning that at the exact time of the Sept. 11 attacks there was a military drill occurring that included multiple bogus radar targets inserted to flight tracking screens, and that included a scenario of planes flying into office buildings in NYC?"

Not mentioning these facts lends credence to the "official" government story, and is woefully incomplete and incorrect.

We don't need to read or view the governmentt-supplied analysis when we can critically examine the facts for ourselves and discover what really occurred.

This is a much more complicated event than your summary would indicate.

By anon28709 — On Mar 20, 2009

9/11 was one of the most saddest things that has happened so far in our terrible war.

By anon25781 — On Feb 03, 2009

Thank you so much for this. I am writing a research paper for my senior English class and this was very helpful. All the information that is pertinent in one place. God bless America and we will always remember.

By anon24931 — On Jan 20, 2009

this was very useful i used it for my research paper for school and god bless all of you.

By anon21185 — On Nov 11, 2008

This was very helpful with my summary (I had to write a summary on "what happened September 11, 2001")!!!! Thank you!!!

By anon19817 — On Oct 20, 2008

I'm doing a project 4 my schools (Plymouth South Middle School), Geography Fair and this is amazing!!!!

By anon11232 — On Apr 11, 2008

What were the causes of September 11th, 2001?

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