By Julie Giyer
Kern Valley Sun
September 11, 2001 marked a historical and dreadful day in American History. Four fuel-loaded U.S. commercial airplanes bound for destinations on the West Coast were high jacked. Two of these planes were intentionally crashed into the North and South towers at the World Trade Center in N.Y.C., one into the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and the last one into a field in Shanksville, PA.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed as a result, whether from the initial crash or falling debris from the planes and collapsing buildings. Hundreds were injured. Four Hundred of these deaths were police officers and firefighters. Victims of the attacks were memorialized in The National September 11 Memorial & Museum located in New York. Name engraved bronze panels reflect in the surrounding pools, forever haunting passerby’s with the tragic and painful memories of that day. This event goes down in history as a day that greatly impacted the U.S., not just emotionally but financially. The economic impact of this tragedy was devastating. There were billions of dollars in damage, and billions put in for insurance claims, clean-up, victim compensations, and aid packages. Eighteen years later, the effects still linger in the memories of many Americans.
Today we pay tribute to those we’ve lost and to the heroes who put their lives on the line to save others amongst the rubble of our fallen city. Gone, but never forgotten.