Remembering 9/11: A Day of Infamy

By Raquel Becton

We all remember that day of terror—Sept. 11, 2001.

When the Boeing 737 hit the World Trade Center, instantly hurt, pain and tears were shared among citizens. This horrific scene brought our country together as a whole. The North Tower was the first tower to be hit.

CNN covered the breaking news, as they called witnesses who talked about the devastating scene. The North Tower was hit at 8:45 a.m. This tower was visited by tourists and included restaurants on the top floors.

Then, within minutes, the South Tower was hit at 9:03 a.m.

Do you remember where you were this day? Do you remember what you were doing? Do you remember your reactions?

Nearly 3,000 people died during the terrorist attack.

At 9:53 a.m. in the South Tower, Kevin Michael Cosgrove called the dispatcher for help. He was still stuck on the 105th floor in the Northwest corner. Five minutes later, the building collapsed. Fear, anxiety and panic were overtaking Cosgrove’s voice. Cosgrove told that dispatcher that he and another man were stuck in the office. Cosgrove repeated over and over, “We are young men. We are not ready to die.” Within two minutes of saying that, Cosgrove hollered, “Oh God! Oh!” Within seconds, the South Tower had collapsed.

We remember the fallen victims, the people who were jumping from the windows. The first responders who were trying to save those trapped. The people who were hanging rags and shirts out of the windows screaming for help that wasn’t capable of reaching them.

Sept. 11 is a day to stop and have a moment of silence for our country and to remember those lost.

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