Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering an American Tragedy 9/11/2001

Sept. 11, 2001: Timeline
Sunday, September 11, 2011
7:59 a.m.
American Airlines Flight 11 takes off from Logan International Airport in Boston with 76 passengers, 11 crew members and 5 hijackers.
8:14 a.m.
United Airlines Flight 175 takes off from Logan with 51 passengers, 9 crew members and 5 hijackers.
8:19 a.m.
Two flight attendants on Flight 11, Betty Ong and Madeline Amy Sweeney, tell American Airlines of the hijacking; the airline calls the FBI.
8:20 a.m.
American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Dulles International Airport near Washington carrying 53 passengers, 6 crew members and 5 hijackers.
8:42 a.m.
United Airlines Flight 93 takes off from Newark International Airport, carrying 33 passengers, 7 crew members and 4 hijackers.
8:46 a.m.
Flight 11 hits the north tower of the World Trade Center.
8:50 a.m.
President George W. Bush, who is reading to second graders at Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla., is told that the World Trade Center has been hit by a plane.
9:03 a.m.
Flight 175 hits the south tower.
9:31 a.m.
President Bush announces on television, "Two airplanes have crashed into the World Trade Center in an apparent terrorist attack on our country."
9:36 a.m.
Vice President Dick Cheney is evacuated to a bunker under the White House.
9:37 a.m.
Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.
9:42 a.m.
The Federal Aviation Administration grounds all flights over and to the continental United States.
9:45 a.m.
Evacuations begin in the White House and the Capitol.
9:57 a.m.
Mr. Bush leaves Sarasota for Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
9:59 a.m.
South tower collapses.
10:03 a.m.
After passengers on Flight 93 try to regain control, hijackers crash the plane in a field in Shanksville.
10:28 a.m.
North tower collapses.
10:57 a.m.
From a firehouse on Houston Street, Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani calls NY1 and tells people to evacuate Lower Manhattan. The city asks for help from the National Guard.
11:40 a.m.
Mr. Bush arrives at Barksdale Air Force Base; he leaves at 1:15 p.m.
2:39 p.m.
At a news conference, Mr. Giuliani says, "The number of casualties will be more than any of us can bear ultimately."
3:07 p.m.
Mr. Bush arrives at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska; he leaves 90 minutes later.
5:20 p.m.
7 World Trade Center collapses.
6:54 p.m.
Mr. Bush arrives at the White House.
8:30 p.m.
Mr. Bush addresses the nation, calling America "the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world." He vows to direct full resources to finding and bringing to justice those behind the "evil acts" of 9/11.

May 1, 2011

Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.

The president called the killing of bin Laden the "most significant achievement to date" in the effort to defeat al Qaeda.

"Justice has been done," Obama said.

Bin Laden was located at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which was monitored and when the time was determined to be right, the president said, he authorized a "targeted operation."

"A small team of Americans carried out the operation," Obama said. "After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body."

DNA testing confirmed that it was bin Laden, sources told ABC News.

Caricature courtesy of Shafali the Caricaturist. Thanks Shafali !

And now 10 years after the attack that shocked people around the world, a memorial is completed and dedicated at Ground Zero to honor those who died there.

September 11, 2001

May We Never Forget