Saturday, September 10, 2016

Lest we forget....

by Randy Foster

September 11, 2001 dawned bright and clear across much of the United States, and no American

could have imagined, as the sun first rose in the sky, the pain, loss, and bravery that would be seen that day.

At 7:59 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 departed from Logan International Airport in Boston. Only minutes later, at 8:04 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 also departed from Boston.

At 8:20 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 departed from Washington Dulles International Airport near Washington, D.C. Finally, at 8:42 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 left Newark International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.

At 8:46 a.m., Flight 11 was flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
Seventeen minutes later, Flight 175 was crashed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center as the whole nation watched.

At 9:43 a.m., Flight 77 became the third jet to fly into a building, this time, the Pentagon.

At 9:54 a.m., the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed in a cloud of smoke and dust.

At 10:06 a.m., as brave Americans fought back in the skies over Pennsylvania, Flight 93 plummeted to earth.

At 10:28 a.m., the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed as hundreds of New York's Finest and Bravest struggled to save victims still trapped inside.

At 10:50 a.m., five stories of the Pentagon collapsed in fire.

The morning was not yet over.

The sky still shone bright blue.

But America was changed.

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