On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center and a third plane into the Pentagon. After learning of the other attacks, passengers and crew members on the fourth plane attempted to commandeer control, and the plane was crashed into an empty field in Western Pennsylvania.
Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day, the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil. And was the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history. Exactly 10 years after the 9/11 attack to this day America presents to the world the National September 11th Memorial.
“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend–even a friend whose name it never knew.” - President George W. Bush, December 11, 2001
The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest manmade waterfalls in the North America. The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood.
The Survivor Tree Blooms on the memorial site: