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The People News
Special Report






Ten Years Ago
Remembering 9/11

by Alexandra Edwards

Ten years ago not many Americans had heard of Osama bin Laden, Al Quaida or the Taliban. Though everyone was aware of the existence of terrorists, it was not to the extent to where it affected our everyday life.

Ten years ago Americans felt safe and free to travel our airlines both nationwide and internationally with only minor inconveniences of maybe a delayed flight or lost luggage.

Ten years ago thousands of innocent citizens drank their morning coffee and went off to work at their large corporate offices, just like the rest of working Americans did every day.

Ten years ago on September 11, 2001 all that changed when a group of barbaric Arab terrorists viciously attacked our nation by using four commercial aircraft filled with innocent passengers as human bombs. Passengers that not only included business men and women, but school children and familles going on vacation.

Alexandra Edwards

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.

Asia Cottom

Bernard Curtis Brown

Rodney Dickens

Sadly, among the passengers on United Flight 175, the second plane to crash into the World Trade Center were three toddlers. Juliana Valentine McCourt, age 4, from Connecticut who was traveling with her mother to Los Angeles for what should have been a fun and exciting visit to Disney World. Christine Lee Hanson, a bubbly little 2 year old from Massachusetts, also on her way to visit  to visit Disney World with her parents and David Gamboa Brandhorst, a cute little 3 year old from Los Angeles who was returning home from a vacation in Cape Cod with his father and friends.

These children were just at the threshold of what should have been a bright, exciting future, but their lives were taken before they had a chance to experience it.

Christine Lee Hanson

David Gamboa

All Americans have been scarred by September 11, 2001. Traveling on a domestic flight, one can't help but imagine what it must have been like for the passengers of those ill fated flights on that dreadful day. Going through the normal routine of checking in, walking to the gate, boarding the plane, finding their allocated seat number, stowing their carry-ons in the luggage compartment, watching the flight attendant demonstrate emergency procedures, not realizing that those safety procedures will not be of any use for the ultimate horror lying ahead.

Across the globe on September 11th people will remember and pay tribute to all those that lost their lives during the first major attack, and hopefully the last, on America's mainland.

Although Osama bin Laden was captured and killed for his part in the organization of the 9/11 attacks, whether it be ten years ago, fifty years ago or 100 years ago, America will never forget what happened on September 11th, 2001.