This September marks twenty years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks that occurred on U.S. soil and took the lives of nearly 3,000 people. Many who lived through that day remember where they were when they heard about the hijacked planes or watched the burning and collapse of the Twin Towers broadcast by national and local TV news stations across the nation.
The Porter Henderson Library has created this guide to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, to honor the memory of the people who lost their lives as a result of those attacks, and to provide the Angelo State University community a starting point for acquiring a deeper understanding of 9/11, its origins, and its ongoing implications.
Left image: Smoke billowing from World Trade Center North Tower after American Airlines flight 11 crashed through floors 93-99; United Airlines flight 175 heading toward the South Tower.
Right image: Explosion following crash of flight 175 into floors 77-85 of the World Trade Center South Tower.
Flight 11 took off from Boston at 7:59 a.m. headed to Los Angeles. Eleven crew members, 76 passengers, and five hijackers were on board.
Flight 175 took off from Boston at 8:15 a.m. headed to Los Angeles. Nine crew members, 51 passengers, and five hijackers were on board.
Smoke billowing from the southwest side of the Pentagon after being struck by American Airlines flight 77 on September 11, 2001.
Flight 77 took off from Washington D.C. en route to Los Angeles. Six crew members, 53 passengers, and five hijackers were on board.The crash and fire killed 59 on the plane and 125 on the ground.
Crash site of United Airlines flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001
San Francisco-bound flight 93 took off from Newark at 8:42 a.m. Seven crew members, 33 passengers, and four hijackers were on board.Flight 93 crashed prior to reaching its intended target after passengers and crew stormed the cockpit. Forty passengers and crew on board perished.