The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, were the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil since the December 7, 1941 Japanese stealth “kamikaze” bombing attack of our Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II.
Nineteen years ago today, 2,973 people were murdered by 19 Muslim fundamentalist Al-Qaeda terrorists (photos) who commandeered commercial airliners and, like their kamikaze predecessors, flew them into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City and into the Pentagon, incinerating themselves as they massacred innocent workers. The death toll includes 40 passengers and crew members aboard the fourth hijacked plane, United 93, which crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as courageous passengers stormed the cockpit which had been taken over by the terrorists. Many of them, here on over-stayed student visas, had taken flight training to prepare them for their deadly mission.
Today will mark President Trump’s second time observing the 9/11 anniversary at the Flight 93 National Memorial, where he spoke in 2018. He appeared this morning with First Lady Melania Trump. Vice President Mike Pence spoke at ground zero, the site of the twin towers, now marked by double beams of light.
The COVID pandemic has impacted integral parts of the NYC memorial. Names of the victims were pre-recorded, rather than read on-site by family members.
This is the live 9/11/01 footage from ‘The Today Show’ on NBC as the massacre initially unfolded on air. The show begins with a perfunctory interview about Howard Hughes (which can be scrolled past) when harsh realities eclipsed the chatter. (The clip contains commercials.)
In 2009, just a few short years after the murderous attacks, The American Spectator wrote “Obama’s plan to desecrate 9/11,” by rebranding and sanitizing it into a “National Day of Volunteerism,” obliterating any connection to Muslim murderous hijackers.
We should never forget or obscure what this day commemorates.