9/11: twenty years of remembrance

Jackson Morgan, Editorial chief

Sep. 11, 2001 was one of the most impactful days in American history. Four passenger jets were hijacked in the morning. Two were headed for the World Trade Center in New York City, one for the Pentagon, and another for the White House. Three of the planes met their intended targets whereas the fourth, which was heading for the White House, crashed in an empty field in Pennsylvania.

The end result of the terrorist attacks were 2,977 people dead of which 343 were firefighters and countless more were injured. These first responders risked their lives to save others in the twin towers and many died in the process

Due to the actions of the Taliban and ISIS, former President George W. Bush waged a war on terror. The war on terror ultimately led to military campaigns in the Middle East region.

Both domestic and foreign affairs drastically changed as a result of the attacks on the United States. 

There were many reports of blatant racism against Muslim men, women, and children. The resulting social changes led to reports of minorities experiencing fear in America post 9/11.

The campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq saw approximately 7,000 servicemen and women casualties. There were also between 363,939 and 387,072 civilian casualties. 

The war on terror cost roughly six trillion dollars and had many successes, such as the actions of SEAL Team Six, the hunting and killing of Osama bin Laden, as well as the partial liberation of much of Afghanistan which has since ended due to the American withdrawal. 

Many consider 9/11 to be one of the most influential days in history which resulted in great American unity for a short period of time. There was much support for the war on terror which has since slowly dissipated. 

After 9/11 there was a memorial built in New York City to remember those who died in the attacks. Every year on the anniversary of the attacks, large beams of light will be turned on where the twin towers once stood as a part of the ceremony for 9/11.