September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 and 175 were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City. Shorty after, United Airlines Flight 93 was also hijacked, and crashed into the Pentagon in Pennsylvania. These crashes caused mass destruction and killed thousands of people. This was a huge event that occurred and it shook the entire world. 9/11 is so important because it left a gigantic impact on what we do and how we live our lives today. Two ways it impacts the world today is the establishment of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and the increase of security and restrictions.
9/11 was one of the most tragic days in American history. It was when a terrorist group who calls themselves Al Qaeda, hijacked three planes and carried out coordinated suicide attacks against America. Two of the planes that they hijacked were deliberately crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. Not too long after, the third plane that was hijacked headed towards the Pentagon and crashed there. After the planes hit the Towers, it instantly killed hundreds of people, and left hundreds trapped in the collapsing, burning buildings with debri showering the streets below. The attacks has killed a total of nearly 3,000 people, and left over 6,000 wounded. This event caused an intense shockwave all across America because it was the first major terrorist attack on America, and still is one of the biggest ones to this day.
Fast Forward 10 years later on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum opened. Since 9/11 was such a huge, eye-opening event, there were many forms of commemoration , and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is one of the biggest ones. The memorial took about 5 years to build and was built over where the Twin Towers once stood before it collapsed. The Memorial Park surrounds two massive pools, with the largest man made waterfall in North America of 30 ft. Along the perimeter of the pool, the names of the people who were killed on the attacks on 9/11 are engraved in bronze. This was made as a tribute of remembrance and honor to all the people who were killed in this tragedy. Just within the first year of opening, a jaw dropping 4 million people have visited the memorial. Three years after the memorial was created, the 9/11 Museum opened. It’s located beneath the Memorial Plaza and the entrance of remnants of the North Towers facade.
Ever since 9/11, there had been significant impacts in America. The security all across the country hyphenated in buildings, airplanes, and especially in the airports. Restrictions have been placed on what travelers can bring and intense screenings take place with new equipment being used constantly. There’s also an increase in security in buildings and airplanes. Not only did the security change, but they way people viewed immigrants changed as well. People viewed immigrants as a threat and an intolerance had been grown for immigrants. It has also taken a toll on America’s economy with the involvement of the wars going on in the Middle East that rooted from 9/11.
With all the ways America has changed from this one event, it is important to understand this event, the effects it has had on us and how we as a country remember this tragedy. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum holds so much history and has a very deep meaning behind it. It is vital that 9/11 is never forgotten and that we take the right steps in honoring and remembering the victims of this unfortunate attack, and knowing and understanding America before, and after 9/11.
Article by Salma Naim
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