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Holidays and celebrations can transform an ordinary day into one of reverence, remembrance, or festivity. September 11th is one such date, marked by various happenings that span the spectrum from solemn remembrance to simple, home-spun rituals.

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Interesting Facts of September 11th

  1. 1. On September 11, 2001, four coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out by the militant Islamist extremist group al-Qaeda against the United States. This day is commonly referred to as 9/11.
  2. 2. The World Trade Center towers in New York City collapsed after two hijacked airplanes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were deliberately crashed into the north and south towers, respectively.
  3. 3. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was flown into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense, located just outside Washington, D.C.
  4. 4. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers heroically fought the hijackers. It is believed that the hijackers intended to target either the White House or the U.S. Capitol.
  5. 5. In the aftermath of the attacks, the United States launched the War on Terror, which included the invasion of Afghanistan to dismantle al-Qaeda and to remove the Taliban from power.
  6. 6. The September 11 attacks led to the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in November 2002, and significantly changed national and international security policies.