It has been a shocking 19 years since the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City – the deadliest attack on American soil.
On this day in 2001 four al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four planes and killed almost 3,000 people. Two planes hit the Twin Towers in New York, with two other attacks in Virginia and Pennsylvania a short time later.
Ten years after the atrocity, the US raided a compound in Abbottabod, Pakistan, and shot al-Qaida’s leader Osama bin Laden dead.
The attack forever changed the US but its ripples are still felt, not just by the thousands of people injured and the relatives of those who lost their lives, but by everyone alive to witness it on television screens across the world.
The anniversary is still, for many, an understandably painful day.
Many people have marked the anniversary today by sharing where they were when they heard the news of the devastating attack.
Maria de Souza tweeted: ‘I was pregnant with my youngest child when I heard the news. Many fell or jumped rather than burn. I was always struck by the photo Falling Man.’
Bart said: ‘19 years ago, still remember it like yesterday when I came home from school as a child and my parents watching live television without moving a muscle.’
Storm Harris said: ‘My family and I live in Maryland and My children went to school with many of the Airforce children. It was a traumatising for all of us as my husband went to get our children from school.
‘We were ten minutes from Andrews Airforce Base. I lost a friend in the Pentagon and friends that were injured. We tell my grandsons of this day that we will never forget. It was a sad day for all of us and we will never forget it. It changed so many lives.’
Linda Gruenberg Petrillo said: ‘I was in the hospital on the trama floor and woke up to this on news every channel. After I was discharged and in the car coming home there were American flags on everything..very sad. Will never forget 9/11’
Gwen Giordano said he was heading to work in the city and on a bus where he saw the first plane hit. ‘We proceeded into the Lincoln Tunnel. At Port Authority, people were still going their way with no real response. It was the second impact that really got everyone concerned. Then all hell broke loose. I’ll never forget that day and thank god that I was lucky enough to not be in the impact zone and able to get out of the city that day. It was all so surreal.’
Bekah Adkins said he was in his home behind a fire station: ‘First tower was hit and my house rattled from all the jets shooting off the bases in the Hampton Roads area.’
Kris Andrews Parker tweeted: ‘I can barely remember five seconds ago, but I remember exactly what I was wearing, what I was doing and the horror and sadness I felt. I also remember, how as a united nation we all came together. We need to become one nation under God again. Love to all Americans.’
Theresa Dwulit was in a college class in Manhattan when the planes hit. She said: ‘I’ll never forget trying to find my way home that day and passing by all smoke and rubble that used to be the towers. I still recall the sound of the silence even though I was surrounded by people trying to escape lower Manhattan.’
Patricia Spencer said: ‘I was working for United Airlines and I was in our Operations room listening to our teams account for our aeroplanes and souls. I later entered the flight attendant and pilot break room where I saw pilots crying. It is an image or feeling I will never forget.’
Holli Harris said: ‘I was sitting in college in a 3D class. A student was late and ran in and told us about it. Our college professor ran out of the room. His son was flying that day. His son turned out not to be involved that day. We are just sat around…’
Dawn Williams said: ‘I lived in Arlington VA, I had just left Pentagon City (a mall across from the Pentagon) where I had worked an overnight resetting the store I worked at. I turned on the news, the first plane had just hit, I watched in horror as the second plane hit.
‘Then not long after that, I heard an extremely low plane fly overhead, So low there was a shadow cast across my apartment window, car alarms went off.
‘I lived next to National Airport (Reagan National) and down the road from the Pentagon. To this day I do not remember the blast. We had neighbors who never came home. Every day was a nightmare after that, driving down Army Navy Dr to work, seeing that gaping hole, where lives were lost I will never forget.’
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