15 years ago, each of us that lived through 9/11 remember where we were as we watched events unfold on CNN or other news channels. That day is burned into our collective consciousness. 9/11 was my generation’s Pearl Harbor, much like Dec 7, 1941 was my Dad’s event of a lifetime.
I was in suburban Detroit at my friend Don’s house. He awoke me shortly after the first World Trade Center was struck. We watched in stunned silence as Tower 2 was struck and Tower 1 collapsed followed by Tower 2. The event was surreal – unreal – and changed the world, forever.
Today, we honor the thousands of people killed and the heroic first responders, many of which were also killed in an effort to save the lives of others.
There are still many unanswered questions about 9/11 and some answers will never be known.
What is known are these horrific statistics:
The September 11 attacks killed 2,996 people and injured more than 6,000 others. These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes, 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon.
Take a moment to remember and honor the fallen and the courage of New York’s police, firefighters, EMTs, and doctors.