Two airlines scheduled from Boston to Los Angeles were forcibly diverted and deliberately crashed into each of the World Trade Center twin towers. Meanwhile, a third passenger airline also scheduled for Los Angeles was hijacked and deliberately crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth hijacked airline scheduled from Newark to New Jersey, said to be destined for the White House, was heroically brought down in a Pennsylvania field by several brave citizens. Though all the terrorist hijackers chose to take their own lives, all the innocent passengers and crew aboard all four planes lost their lives prematurely and involuntary. Thousands more citizens inside the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that day also had their lives come to an abrupt end, as did the hundreds of rescue workers that tried desperately to save them.
Ten years ago on September 11th, with the exclusion of the 19 terrorists, a total of 2,996 innocent civilians were killed during these vicious attacks.
On this tenth anniversary of the most devastating day in this nation's history, we can only remember and honor all the victims of September 11th and pray for the healing of the families they left behind. Thousands of wives, husbands, sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, nephews and nieces of those that died, are also victims affected by that tragic day. Some of the children left behind may have been too young to remember, but now ten years older have the grim details of that day to bear.
Unfortunately, there is not enough space on this page to list all 2,996 names of the people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. However, several wonderful tributes to the victims of 9/11 can be found on the Internet or in the public library for those who wish to remember by scanning the list of names.
Although there were no child casualties inside the World Trade Center or the Pentagon, sadly among the passengers of two of the hijacked aircraft that crashed into those buildings were eight beautiful children who's lives were taken in their prime. Remembering the young child victims of September 11, 2011.
Three bright 11 year old students with great potential and big dreams had been chosen by teachers from three Washington D.C. schools to go on an adventurous field trip to the Channel Islands National Park in California, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. They were Asia Cottom, Bernard Curtis Brown, and Rodney Dickens. Unfortunately, they were among the passengers on Flight 77 which crashed into the Pentagon. Also on that flight with their parents were sisters Zoe and Dana Falkenberg from Maryland. Zoe, age 8 and 3 year old Dana were beginning their journey to what would have been a two month vacation in Australia.