It has been 15 years since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
On Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2001, planes were crashed into the New York City buildings. The attacks were planned by the terrorist group al-Qaeda. 2,996 people were killed, while over 6,000 others were injured.
Just one hour and 42 minutes after the terrorists crashed the planes into the towers, the buildings began to collapse.
One other plane crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth plane was being steered towards Washington, D.C., but it ended up crashing in a field in Shanksville, Pa.
Americans are taking this day to remember all of those we lost in the attack. Tom Acquarviva, specifically, honored his 29-year-old son, Paul, who died in the North Tower.
“We miss him terribly. Terribly, terribly, terribly. Not a day goes by that we don’t remember him,” Acquarviva told Reuters.
2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who was a junior senator at the time of the attack, recalled her thoughts on this tragic day.
“We saw this curtain of black smoke that was stretched across the island,” Clinton told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “Occasionally it would be broken by a firefighter coming out. I remember one image so indelibly, dragging his ax, and it was as close to depiction of hell that I’ve ever personally seen.”
We will never forget those we lost in the attacks on this tragic day, nor will we forget the brave men and women who gave their all to rescue fellow American citizens. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the victims’ families.