September 11, 2001


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Like many other U. S. Citizens we were glued to our television sets watching events unfold on September 11, 2001.   We have expressed horror, anger, apprehension of future attacks, sympathy for the victims, and many people have said that this has changed our country forever.  Has it?   As a country we have survived epidemics of  Small Pox, Cholera, Influenza, Typhus, Scarlet Fever and Yellow Fever.  We have lived with concern over Legionnaires Disease and are currently concerned with  West Nile and Mad Cow Disease.  Our country has been through a Civil War, two World Wars, two "police actions" and the nerve wracking Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1950's.  On September 11, 2002 we honored our dead and swore to persevere, just as we have always persevered.  We will go on with our lives, but we will not forget.

September 11, 2001 Timeline

 8:48 a.m.

American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 en route from Boston to Los Angeles with 81 passengers, 9 flight attendants and 2 pilots onboard, slams into the north tower, 1 World Trade Center.

9:05 a. m.

  United Airlines Flight 175,  a Boeing 767, en route from Boston to Los Angeles with 56 passengers, 2 pilots and 7 flight attendants onboard, hits the south tower, 2 World Trade Center.

9:10 a.m.

 President Bush, in Sarasota, Florida, is reading to children in a classroom when his chief of staff, Andrew Card, whispers news of the attacks into his ear.

9:21 a. m.  
New York City Port Authority closes all bridges and tunnels in New York City.

9:24 a. m.

 President Bush calls the crashes "an apparent terrorist attack on our country."

9:32 a. m. 

New York Stock Exchanges is closed.

9:40 a. m.

 The FAA orders the entire nationwide air traffic system shut down.  All flights at U. S. airports are stopped.

9:43 a. m.

American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 en route from Dulles Airport outside Washington to LAX with 58 passengers and 2 pilots and 4 flight attendant members, crashes into the Pentagon.  One of the building's five sides collapses.

9:45 a. m 

The White House is evacuated.

9:59 a. m. 

The south tower of the Word Trade Center collapses in a plume of ash and debris.

10:00 a. m. 

United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 en route from Newark  to San Francisco with 38 passengers and 7 crew members, crashes just north of the Somerset County Airport, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, PA.  Shortly before impact, passengers made phone calls to loved ones alerting them to the situation.   At this time there was concern the plane was headed to Camp David.

10:24 a. m. 

The FAA reports that all inbound transatlantic flights are to be diverted to Canada

10:28 a. m. 

The World Trade Center's north tower collapses.

12:15 p. m. 

The United States closes some border crossings with Canada and Mexico.

1:02 p. m.

New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani orders an evacuation of Manhattan south of Canal Street.

1:04 p. m. 

In a speech at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, President Bush announces that security measures are being taken and says: "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

1:44 p. m. 

The Navy dispatches aircraft carriers and guided missile destroyers to New York and Washington.  Around the country, fighters, airborne radar and refueling planes scramble.  The North American Aerospace Defense Command go to its highest alert.

1:44 p. m. 

President Bush leaves Barksdale Air Force Base for Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base, home to the U. S. Strategic Command.

4:30 p. m

President Bush leaves Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska for Washington.

4:45 p. m.

The City of New York announces that 200 firefighters have been killed and 78 police officers are missing.

5:20 p.m.

Seven World Trade Center, a 47 story tower, collapses from ancillary damage.

8:30 p.m.

 President Bush addresses the nation. "These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat," he said. "But they have failed; our country is strong."

8:35 p.m.

President Bush attends national security meeting.

Plans to Rebuild?

By 2005 the World Trade Center will be rebuilt.  A memorial to those who lost their lives in the attacks has been incorporated in each of the 6 plans that have been presented for review.  Rebuilding will reestablish lower Manhattan as the nations third largest business district.

Timeline courtesy of PRN Newswire, Fox News, CNN