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Soldiers' Experiences on 9/11

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Sept. 15 2016

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda on the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks killed 2,996 people and injured over 6,000 others and caused at least $10 billion in property and infrastructure damage and $3 trillion in total costs.

Four passenger airliners operated by two major U.S. passenger air carriers (United Airlines and American Airlines)—all of which departed from airports on the northeastern United States bound for California—were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists. Two of the planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within an hour and 42 minutes, both 110-story towers collapsed, with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the World Trade Center complex, including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center tower, as well as significant damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense) in Arlington County, Virginia, leading to a partial collapse of the building's western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, initially was steered toward Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. It was the deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively.

This is a 9/11 remembrance video with many service members discussing where they were, how it affected them, etc.

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New doc: 9/11 story of tiny openhearted town that sheltered 7,000: ‘They engaged in the suffering of all of us'

Matt London

Sept 10 2019

"We landed in a town of 9,000.  They took in 7,000 of us from 90 countries for 9 days...It was more than kindness.  They were all about compassion.  They engaged in the suffering of all of us," remembered Kevin Tuerff, who was one of the thousands of passengers, whose flight was diverted on September 11, 2001, to an airport outside tiny Gander, Newfoundland.

Tuerff and former American Airlines pilot Beverly Bass joined Fox and Friends, nearly 18 years after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania changed America and the world forever.  On that day, the United States shut down its airspace for the first time in history and 38 commercial aircraft were forced to land in one small Canadian town.

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n the documentary, Bass recalled receiving the first terrifying reports of a terrorist attack in New York York and how she decided to pass on that information to the passengers.

"We were ordered to land immediately in Gander, Newfoundland.  And as airline pilots, we don’t normally get orders...I had made up my mind that I wanted to tell the truth, but I didn't want to tell too much, because I didn’t want to cause havoc in the back of the airplane," said Bass.

On the ground in Gander, things were moving fast, as the town authorities quickly realized the scope of the emergency.

Don O’Brien, Air Traffic Controller, NAV Canada remembered, “We quickly rushed in like we had a real crisis on our hands.  And it was happening now, not tomorrow, not 6 or 7 hours away. But now.”

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Just now, Valin said:

New doc: 9/11 story of tiny openhearted town that sheltered 7,000: ‘They engaged in the suffering of all of us'

Matt London

Sept 10 2019

"We landed in a town of 9,000.  They took in 7,000 of us from 90 countries for 9 days...It was more than kindness.  They were all about compassion.  They engaged in the suffering of all of us," remembered Kevin Tuerff, who was one of the thousands of passengers, whose flight was diverted on September 11, 2001, to an airport outside tiny Gander, Newfoundland.

 

 

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