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9-11: America’s Darkest Day

If you were over the age of about 6 or 7 on September 11, 2001, I’m sure you remember where you were when you heard of the news that The World Trade Center was being attacked.

It’s been eleven years since the horrific and tragic event occurred in New York City on this day. Although it’s been over a decade, the pain and shock our country went through feels all too real today. It at first seemed like a freak plane accident, but once the second plane went through the second tower it became shockingly clear that America was under a terrorist attack.

We can never understand the complete evil it takes to not only willingly kill yourself, but to kill thousands of innocent bystanders. This is the demonic throught-process behind the radicalist group al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda members are convinced that a Christian–Jewish alliance is conspiring to destroy Islam, so they believe that the killing of civilians is religiously sanctioned. Thankfully, last year on May 2, the head of their army Osama Bin Laden was killed by the US Military.

{Photo by STR/Reuters/Landov.}

On that fateful day, there were a total of 2,996 deaths and more than 6,000 people injured.

More than 90% of the workers and visitors who died in the towers had been at or above the points of impact. In the North Tower 1,355 people at or above the point of impact were trapped and died of smoke inhalation, fell or jumped from the tower to escape the smoke and flames, or were killed in the building’s eventual collapse. The destruction of all three staircases in the tower when Flight 11 hit made it impossible for anyone above the impact zone to escape.

A further 107 people below the point of impact did not survive. At least 200 people fell or jumped to their deaths from the burning towers, landing on the streets and rooftops of adjacent buildings hundreds of feet below. Some occupants of each tower above the point of impact made their way toward the roof in hope of helicopter rescue, but the roof access doors were locked. No plan existed for helicopter rescues, and the thick smoke and intense heat would have prevented helicopters from approaching. A total of 411 emergency workers died as they tried to rescue people and fight fires. The New York City Fire Department lost 340 firefighters, and the Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers. Eight emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics from private emergency medical services units were killed.

In this photo, firefighter Tony James cries while attending the funeral service for New York Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge at New York’s St. Francis of Assisi church. Photograph by Joe Raedie.

Photo taken by Mario Tama for Getty Images.

The Falling Man is a photograph taken by photographer Richard Drew, of a man falling from the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 9:41:15 a.m. Finally, the Falling Man was identified by Windows on the World chef Michael Lomonoco as Jonathan Briley, a 43-year-old employee of the North Tower restaurant. He was one of the people trapped on the upper floors of the skyscraper who apparently either fell as they searched for safety or jumped to escape the fire and smoke. At least 200 people fell or jumped to their deaths that day. This picture is heartbreaking, but I believe the impact of this photograph will urge people to pray for the victims’ whose lives were lost that day.

Briley was initially identified by his brother, Timothy. At the time of death, Jonathan served in the Christian Education Ministry and the Music Ministry, and he worshiped at First Baptist Church of Elmsford, New York, where he was ordained as a Deacon on March 11, 2001 and served as an armor bearer for his father and pastor, Rev. Alexander Briley Jr.

Thousands of lives were lost that day– all too sudden, not expected, and shockingly devastating. His picture represents all of those faceless people who we don’t know personally, but whose lives are not forgotten. Please pray that God heals the families of the victims as much as they can heal, pray for all the stolen lives of the people who just went to work that day and didn’t know it would be their last, and finally pray that this heartbreaking tragedy never again happens to us on our soil, or at least never again in our lifetime. God bless America forever.

[Source: legacy.com/sept11story]

[Source: Yahoo News 9/11 Remembered.]

[Source: timeline.national911memorial.org]


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by dana13se on September 30, 2012 at 14:47

    I was 6. I actually do not remember hearing anything about it on the day of (maybe my parents didn’t tell me because they were afraid of upsetting me), but a few days later, my mom and I were at a presentation. The man doing it thanked us all for coming despite the fact that America had been attacked recently. On the way home, I asked my mom what he meant. She explained it as much as much as she thought she should to a first-grader, and I don’t remember what I thought about it.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by cowgirl98 on September 17, 2012 at 14:40

    i remember it :(my father called when it happened he had been at work talking to a friend. i also know somebodies who’s duaghters friends were on the plane.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by GlitterRosesSparkle on September 16, 2012 at 16:04

    This makes me so sad…

  4. Julez22

    Posted by Julez22 on September 15, 2012 at 13:49

    I was 5, but my Mom wouldn’t let us know about it so I didn’t know about it until a few years after.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Dancer619 on September 15, 2012 at 13:46

    I was two. I didn’t find out about 9/11 until i went to school in the third grade(I had been homeschooled up until then and my mom had never told)

  6. sisterwhocares

    Posted by sisterwhocares on September 14, 2012 at 16:27

    I don’t remember that day at all (I was 4 or 5) but it was a truly horrible thing that happened. God bless those brave firemen, EMTs, 911 operaters, policemen, and even strangers who gave their lives to help those trapped in the tower. Some of the survivors suffer from PTSD today and are struggling

  7. KPriorify

    Posted by KPriorify on September 12, 2012 at 15:56

    I was 2 1/2 when we heard the news. I don’t remember it, but she said she was horrified, and we immediately all went to the couch and prayed, then watched the news.

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by J.GraceFan on September 12, 2012 at 14:47

    i watched the video and i cried and cried. really Jesus needs to save this world, and I will make sure that I try to my hardest to bring others to Christ.Imagine the amount of those who went to heaven that day, but also imagine the amount of those who didnt.i have the audacity to sometimes be ashamed of being a christian girl but that is who I am.i promised myself after watching this video that I will tell everyone I know about Jesus. How may more family, friends and even starngers can we let die and not see the love and joy in Jesus’ face…how many?

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by J.GraceFan on September 12, 2012 at 14:42

    I just watched the video, and i just criend and cried and cried. really and rtruly only Jesus himself can save this world

  10. Paris

    Posted by Paris on September 12, 2012 at 12:49

    I was in school that day,I was in 3rd grade when this happened and I was 7 years old. I remember coming home from school to watch pbs kids on channel 9 and that’s when I saw the attack.

  11. ams7298

    Posted by ams7298 on September 12, 2012 at 06:16

    My Dad worked for American Airlines at the time. He actually fixed a part on the very American Airlines airplane that crashed just 3 days before. We live in California, and even thigh the 9/11 attacks took place 3,000 miles away, to my Dad, it was a personal attack on he, his family, and his country. My Dad was also in the United States Air Force for 26 years. And he was at the time of 9/11. On that very day, he called the Air Force Base he was stationed at and told them, “Whatever is going on, sign. me. up.” About a month later, he was flying missions to Afganistan and other places in the Middle East. (I think he even brought bombs)
    I remember 9/11. I was only 3. But I still do. I remember seeing the images of the Twin Towers on our little television set. I remember that I was sitting down and playing. I remember that my mother and father seemed upset. I remember asking my Dad, “What happened, Daddy?” and him saying angrily, “oh, some people crashed some airplanes into some buildings.”
    Then I remember being confused, and not really understanding why someone would do something like that. So, I shrugged my shoulders and continued to play.
    Today, I thank God for the men and women who are willing to sacrifice even their very lives for us. The United States of America wouldn’t be the place it is today if it wasn’t for them.

  12. Paris

    Posted by Paris on September 11, 2012 at 23:36

    How I prayed for these familes today.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Journalistlove on September 11, 2012 at 21:56

    I heard that people want the cross taken down.

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by ChristianGirl98 on September 11, 2012 at 20:12

    I was only 2 at the time…and I don’t remember a thing. I finally understood about 9/11 when I was in 2nd grade when a girl in my class did a report on the Pentagon. I have a great Aunt that lives in New York City and she said when 9/11 happened it was so bad that all you could smell through the air conditioner vents was smoke. The whole sky was covered in dark grey clouds of smoke, could you image that?

    This will probably forever be one of the most devastating days in America’s history. But instead of being mad and attacking with more violence like some Americans have done, we need to know these things all happened for a reason. This is a perfect example of how evil may look like it seems to conquer but overall love from God rules. The precious souls of Christian men, women, and children that died are now in Heaven being happier than they ever could be, now that is the best reward someone will ever get, to be allowed in the Gate’s of Heaven for eternal life. I pray for all the families that were hit by this devastation and America is all praying for them. Let those American souls that died in 9/11 be remembered as heroes.

  15. kayla.hb13

    Posted by kayla.hb13 on September 11, 2012 at 19:46

    My heart is breaking. God bless the USA!

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by sunnylass on September 11, 2012 at 18:41

    That is so sad! I was really young when that happened, so I don’t really remember it, but I do know A lot about it, and I almost cried looking at those pictures =(

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by liv4christ on September 11, 2012 at 16:40

    I was 3 and I clearly remember it

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by Runn2Him on September 11, 2012 at 15:48

    When 9/11 happened I don’t rememeber much ( I was about to turn 3) but I remember my mom turned on the news and gasped and I looked at her and I saw that she looked worried. I looked at the tv and I saw two tall buildings on fire. I coulden’t really understand what was happening but hey 11 years later I still don’t fully understood what happened…

  19. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on September 11, 2012 at 15:29

    I was little, but I know that my parents were really upset and tense that day. I know that my dad stayed home from work. And I also know that this tragedy affected not just New York, but the whole country.

    This should remind us that nothing except God’s love is certain. God never promised a tomorrow for us, just a place in Heaven for those who accept it. Live each day like it could be your last. Because there’s nothing to say it’s not.

  20. Dee

    Posted by Dee on September 11, 2012 at 14:09

    I was 6 when I first saw the news footage. My older sister was visiting us, and I really didn’t understand what was happening. I saw it on this little tiny screen. I think I thought it was some sort of movie. Later my dad explained, but I just went back to what I was doing. No one I knew had been there, and so it wasn’t a big deal at the time. It was a few years before it kinda hit me. All those people… how many of those people weren’t ready to meet Jesus? It reminds me that we can never wait until last minute to share the gospel with those who don’t know it, and to tell our families we love them. Never assume tomorrow’s gonna come for you and everyone you know. And constantly be praying for them, that their hearts will be open to God and his direction.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by TheMouseLover on September 11, 2012 at 14:43

      Everyday’s a day thats borrowed, wo i’m not waiting for tomorrow!

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by JamieW on September 11, 2012 at 13:14

    I was to little to remember but the people who did it are truely evil and i just hope it does not happen again and i know i will be praying for all the familys oout there who lost a loved one

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by tripe94 on September 11, 2012 at 11:04

    I was seven on that day. I remember getting ready for school and then seeing my mom watching the news. The first thing I saw was the towers burning and then a shot of people running down the street away from the smoke rolling through the city. At first, I didn’t know that this was happening in our country. I thought it was another country where this kind of stuff happens all the time.

    • lauramae

      Posted by lauramae on September 12, 2012 at 22:03

      did you go to school that day?i did and remember watching tv all day in schhol

  23. Posted by JennArman on September 11, 2012 at 10:25

    I remember exactly where I was on 9/11. A friend and I were carpooling to work following the news on the radio. I was trying not to freak out because my mom was on a cruise and I couldn’t reach her. Finally my mom was able to email my aunt who emailed my sisters and I to let us know everything was ok.

    In my memory, I can still see that television footage like it was yesterday. Still praying for all those families who lost someone that day.

  24. Cross-ur-heart

    Posted by Cross-ur-heart on September 11, 2012 at 09:52

    me to pinkgodlover i was really young when it happened

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by ella.mckenzie.17 on September 17, 2012 at 18:45

      I was 2. My mom and dad were in their room, really scared, and they told me that new york had a booboo. and i asked if new york had skin!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by TheMouseLover on September 11, 2012 at 14:40

      i was 3 years old, so i remember very little and what i do remember is blurry

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by Becca Lucy on September 11, 2012 at 19:50

        @ TheMouseLover
        I was 3 too, but I have a very small memory of 9/11.

      • cococookies

        Posted by cococookies on September 11, 2012 at 17:43

        I was 2 years old living in New York at the time of 9/11. My dad had worked near the city where the twin towers were, but luckily he was no where near the towers when it happened.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by BeStillAndBreath98 on September 11, 2012 at 10:06

      Same here.I was only 2 when the attacks happened. My mom said that she held us a little bit tighter that day…

      • Project Inspired

        Posted by k.l on September 11, 2012 at 11:57

        Yeah I was only 2 as well. It’s so sad that all those people died…

  25. pinkgodlover

    Posted by pinkgodlover on September 11, 2012 at 09:35

    i don’t remember exactly what happened on 9/11 because i was little but knowing that alot people died from a terrorist attack is scary and i hope it doesn’t happen again