It was breaking news that headlined throughout the country as the first plane hit one of the Twin Towers in the world trade center, then the next only a few moments later. This particular picture hits home to many. I will always remember as a young child my father’s reaction when we watched the news that night (as we were over seas). I remember the intensity of the moment and images similar to the one above being plastered over the screen of my television.
We soon found out that our country was under attack as two other planes hit Pennsylvania and The Pentagon. Those responsible for 9/11 are members of Al Qaeda; a Sunni Muslim terrorist organization (not to be confused with all Muslims). The alleged accusations for these attacks were our military involvement in the middle east and relationship with Israel.
George W. Bush (the president serving at the time) made plans to invade Afghanistan after 9/11 happened which lead to the Afghanistan War. The mission of this war was to drive out the Taliban and destroy Al-Qaeda. This war wen on for 13 years until 2014 when Osama Bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda, was found and killed by U.S. military forces.
Everyone has a unique memory of this day and the September 11 Digital Archive features individuals with their accounts of what happened. What is unique about Voices of 9.11 is that each of these people were front in center when these attacks, while one witnessed the planes crashed into the towers from her bed room and the other actually in the pentagon when it was hit.