Patriot Day - September 11
History of Patriot Day
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, there was a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks.
At 8:46 a.m., the North Tower of the World Trade Center was targeted and was the first hit by a hijacked airliner, American Airlines Flight 11.
At 9:03 a.m., the South Tower of World Trade Center was targeted and was the second hit by a hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 175.
At 9:37 a.m., the Pentagon, the headquarters of the American Military in Arlington County, Virginia, was targeted and was the third to be hit by a hijacked airliner, American Airlines, Flight 77.
At 10:03 a.m., the fourth hijacked airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, was flown in the direction of Washington, D.C. This flight was the only plane not to hit its intended target, instead it was crashed in a field in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
Several passengers and flight attendants of Flight 93 learned from phone calls that other airliners had been hijacked and attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Rather than surrender control to the hijackers, they collectively decided to deliberately crash the airliner. They ultimately diverted the flight from its intended target, which investigators determined that Flight 93's target was either the White House or the U.S. Capitol.
September 11 is also known as Patriot Day, which gives us time to reflect on the terror attacks that took approximately 3,000 lives.
We honor those who we lost and give thanks to the brave first responders who put their lives on the line.
Take a moment today to consider how we can work together to make the world a better place.