How 9/11 Changed America Essay

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How did 9/11 change America Forever?
The morning September 11th, 2001, Americans across the country began their day just as they would on any other Tuesday morning. New York citizens woke up to clear and sunny skies, attending to their daily routines. What was unknown, was that the day they had just begun would be remembered as the Longest, most tragic day in New York’s history when the Twin towers collapsed in a terrorist attack. Many lives were affected differently, but how did this day change America forever? How were personal lives affected as well as Americans as a whole? The moment the Planes Hit the twin towers, America was changed forever.
New York City, also known as the Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, or the Concrete Jungle
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At 8:46 a.m. American Airlines flight 11 From Boston with 92 passengers aboard, at the speed of 470 miles per hour, smashed through the North tower. It hit the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper. The plain left a huge hole burning through the building that instantly killed hundreds of people, while trapping others on the higher floors. The day of horror had begun along with evacuation and broadcasting, but at this point the tragedy appeared to be a mere accident. A brief 18 minutes later, the south tower is struck. American Airline flight 175 with 65 passengers aboard going a speed of 590 miles per hour hits the corner of the building. The building is destroyed from the 84th floor to the 78th floor. With this hit, there is a massive explosion causing debris to spread over the surrounding areas. It was at this striking moment that America realized they were under attack. At 9:37 a.m. the Pentagon in Washington D.C. was hit, and things were only growing harder for Americans. Millions of terrified people had watched flight 77 circle over downtown Washington DC before it hit the pentagon. 125 military people were killed in the building, along with all 64 people aboard the plane. At Only 15 minutes after the Washington …show more content…
Because this plane was hijacked after the first attacked, those who were on the plane were aware what was happening to them, and that they were going to die. Some passengers tried to fight back, and the plane ended up crashing into a rural field. All 45 people aboard were killed. Shortly following, at 10:28 a.m., the North Tower began to plummet to the ground as well. Once the building began to go down, there was no way to stop it, and the city of lost control completely. The towers were built to handle up to 200 miles per hour of wind, and large amounts of fire, but they simply could not handle the heat caused by the burning jet fuel. At this point, New York City was in full panic. People were trying to get out of the war zone any way possible. Some walked the bridge to Brooklyn. After the collapse of the two towers, all seven of the world trade center buildings caught fire. Building seven burned for seven hours and collapsed early that evening at 5:20 p.m. As the day went on, president George W. Bush had been shuffled around the country in search for safety. At 7:00 p.m. that night he returned to the white house. He then released a statement declaring that, “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of

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