The World Trade Center, where al-Qaeda once surprised the whole world by attacking. There had never been a greater terrorist incident in American history. At least 3000 people were killed in this attack and hundreds were injured.
Nearly two decades ago, on the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four California-bound planes. Their purpose was to attack some of America’s most famous buildings. They came well prepared and with planning. After hijacking the plane, two planes left for New York. One went on the side of Washington DC and the fourth moved towards Pennsylvania.
Within no time these terrorists had succeeded in their objective. Two of the hijacked planes were crashed by terrorists into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. Another plane collided with the Pentagon Building in Washington DC, and the fourth plane was crashed by terrorists in a farm in Pennsylvania.
After about twenty years, the place where these planes collided, the map of the place has changed completely. Every year hundreds of people come there on 9/11 to pay tribute to those killed. This time US President Joe Biden is also going to go there. Let us see what is the situation in both these places today… is there debris or something else…
World Trade CenterThe 110-storey World Trade Center tower, once one of the tallest buildings in the world, was completely demolished during this attack. This building was completed in 1973. The two towers, once at 1368 and 1362 feet, surpassed the Empire State Building to become the tallest buildings in the world.
When al-Qaeda terrorists hit the plane on these two towers, the damage caused by the explosion was different, on the other hand, after the plane collided, the tower caught fire and within two hours the entire building was turned into rubble. According to reports, the structure of the building weakened after the plane hit and the fire destroyed the entire building.
When the fire was brought under control and the clouds of smoke dissipated, construction was announced again at this site. Then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said soon after the attack—”We’re going to rebuild, and we’re going to be stronger than we were before. I want the people of New York to be an example to the rest of the country and the rest of the world that terrorism cannot stop us”.
When there was talk of re-construction here, work was done on many projects. In the end it was decided to build a monument, museum as well as five skyscrapers. The monument in this is completely ready and it was opened in 2011 on the completion of ten years of the attack. The names of those killed in the attack are written in this memorial. His memories are here. An underground museum designed by the American studio Davis Brody Bond houses 40,000 photographs and 14,000 artifacts.
Both the memorial and the museum are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, it will remain open till midnight on the 20th anniversary.
pentagonThe Defense Department will hold a private ceremony on Saturday morning in honor of the 184 people killed in the attack, where the second plane collided at the Pentagon in northern Virginia, US. Since 2008, the Pentagon Memorial has been a solemn and quiet place for mourners.
There is a memorial park for the dead here. The park has cantilever benches, a lit bridge of running water. The names of the dead are written on each bench. The monument here is designed differently. There is a separate memorial for those who were inside the Pentagon and a separate one for those who were on the plane.
Pennsylvania- The fourth hijacked plane crashed here in the fields. 40 people died in this incident. There is also a memorial site here. Here’s an exhibit that tells the full story of Plan Hijack. How four terrorists hijacked the plane, and brought it here and crashed the plane. All 33 passengers and seven crew members on board were killed.
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