On Sept. 11th, 2001, the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated the deadliest terror attack in United States history at the World Trade Center complex in New York City.
After hijacking four planes, the terrorist group crashed two of them into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center. Another of the four planes crashed into parts of the Pentagon while the last plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers regained control of the plane.
The attacks killed 2,996 people while injuring an additional 6,000 plus. The attack caused billions of dollars in damage.
9/11 triggered the ensuing War on Terror, which led to the occupation of Afghanistan and later Iraq.
9/11 remains one of the most important events in recent history, and we take today to remember and honor all of the lives lost that day.
- What do you know about security measures that were put in place after 9/11? What measures do you see at airports and other places that aim to promote public safety? What do you think of these measures?
- Why do you think that debate surfaced between advocates of public safety and civil liberties in the months that followed 9/11? What is your position in this debate?
- Are there any lessons that can be learned from the events that took place on 9/11?
5, Sept. 2018 Twin Tower 2001 and Freedom Tower 2015 [Digital photograph]. Retrieved from <google.com>.