by Destiny Mizell
Sept. 11, 2019
18 years ago today, the horrific terrorist attack on America changed how Americans live and think forever.
On Sept. 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked by al-Qaeda terrorists. The first plane crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and the Second Tower crashed into the South Tower. The third plane crashed into the Pentagon. The final plane crashed 35 feet into the ground in Somerset County, Penn. All four planes crashed within roughly three hours.
The tragic attacks took the lives of nearly 3,000 people while leaving over 6,000 people were injured. Numerous acts of heroism, sacrifice and patriotism took place on 9/11 and the following days. The events of 9/11 scarred every person in America.
Thinking of the immense pain and loss from 9/11 still can bring a shudder or even tears to the average American. Families are still deeply affected.
Cole West, a sophomore at Mount Juliet High School, shared his family’s experience with 9/11. He informs that while he was not yet born, the events of 9/11 had such a strong impact on his family that it is a part of his story, too.
West and his family’s roots are in New Jersey. That is where they lived and that was their home.
However, West explains, “After the attack, life up there changed tremendously.”
West’s grandfather and his uncle were both performing their regular, every-day jobs of working on HVAC units on top of buildings. Not too far into their shifts, they both watched as the first plane struck the North Tower.
They believed that it was just a freak accident, West says, but shortly after they realized that they could not have been more wrong: it was a deliberate attack on the United States of America.
West then details his parents experience, where there were armed security guards check-point searching everyone that tried to enter certain ports.
His family and those around him lived in fear and confusion following 9/11.
“That’s generally the reason why we moved out of New Jersey,” West explains.
Sept. 11, 2001 left serious scars on our country. Our American people are still deeply wounded. Our country, especially our airlines, now take extreme (but necessary) precautions to keep a tragedy like 9/11 from ever happening again.
It is necessary to remember those who lost their lives in this historic and tragic incident and understand its lasting impact. Whether or not Americans lived near Ground Zero or were even born yet, everyone will always bear the marks of this tragedy and embody America’s response to such terrorism: the unyielding patriotic bond that unites all Americans in protection of “freedom for all.” We, truly, will never forget.