Two Decades After 9/11, Americans Remember the Deadliest Attack in US History

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NEW YORK CITY, September 10, 2021 ~ Tuesday, September 11, 2001, a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks were carried out against the United States by the militant Islamist terrorist organizion al-Qaeda.

Four commercial airliners traveling out of airports in eastern states were hijacked, with the intent to crash into symbolic American buildings. Two planes were flown into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, and one was flown into the Pentagon. The fourth and final plane, headed for Washington DC, intended to hit either the White House or the US Capitol building, crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to regain control of the aircraft from the hijackers.

Now, two decades later, Americans still feel the aftermath of the most deadly attack against the United States ever carried out on US soil. Those who were old enough to remember the event will never forget where they were that day. For those who were children, while many were not old enough to fully understand what was going on, they still felt the effects left on the country.

It really affirmed that bad things can happen,” said Courtney, a content creator who was 13 years old at the time, to 760 WJR’s Marie Osborne. “I do think that for at least a period of time, it sort of trained me that there were bad people and there were good people.”


September 10, 2021 ~ Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard talks to Paul W. about his experience twenty years ago when he traveled to New York City to help first responders in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.


September 10, 2021 ~ WJR Senior News Analyst Marie Osborne talks with Kevin Dietz about how people that were kids during 9/11 are dealing with it now

Saturday, September 11, 2021, a ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, every military personnel from Oakland County who died in the following conflict in the Middle East, and every firefighter and police officer who has died in the line of duty in Michigan’s history.

They are all tied together by fate, and now they are located together by remembrance,” said Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard to 760 WJR’s Paul W. Smith.

This event is open to the public. CLICK HERE to visit MichiganFallenHeroes.com for more information.