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9/11 17th Anniversary

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Tomorrow, September 11th, will mark the 17th Anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York City and Virginia. 

The morning of September 11th, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North tower at 8:46AM. 17 minutes later United Airlines Flight 175 struck the South Tower. American Airlines Flight 77 would strike the Pentagon at 9:37AM. United Airlines Flight 93 passengers bravely fought the hijackers, bringing the plane down in a field in Pennsylvania at 10:03AM, with no survivors.



The South Tower would collapse first at 9:59AM. The North followed at 10:28AM. WTC 7 would collapse later at 5:21PM.



Search and Rescue efforts at the collapsed World Trade Center would continue until it would be declared clear in May of 2002. Many of the men and women trapped in the debris were FDNY firefighters. The final survivor would be rescued 27 hours after the collapse.
The recovery efforts would be performed by first responders, iron workers, plumbers, pipe fitters, men and women from all walks of life, creeds and ethnicities. 

In the years following, over 250 + organizations would be founded to support the victims, survivors, and rescue workers. By 2012, many of these organizations have been disbanded.

The attacks claimed the lives of 2,996 people, and injured 6,000 more. 343 firefighters, 72 law enforcement officers, 55 military personnel were among the dead, and more then 90 countries lost citizens in the attack.

The terrible tragedy that day will forever hold a place in our hearts and minds, for those that experienced it, those that were old enough to remember where they were that day. Many Americans can tell you where they were when the towers fell, and have pledged themselves to never forget the attacks and the terrible toll it took on innocent lives. 


Today, 17 years later, the world we live in has been and still is being shaped by 9/11. The story of 9/11 is both one of terrible sadness, and one of great hope. The world came together to mourn the loss of life, people from around the country and indeed from around the world gave everything they could to help those affected by the attacks. Men and women of all walks of life, colors and creeds were no longer different. They were American.
While many of the after affects of the attacks have faded, for many the pain and suffering continues, for those that lost loved ones, and for the survivors. 
If you want to help, or want to donate to a charity, here are just a few:
The National Fallen Fire Fighters fund honors and remembers Americas fallen fire heroes, and assists families while attempting to reduce fire fighters deaths.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation's mission is to strengthen Americas Disaster response by rescuing and recruiting dogs to be trained as search dogs for recovery operations.
This link is one of the few remaining 9/11 charities.  It bring you to the Voices of September 11th website, whose efforts to assist families of the 9/11 victims and survivors has been commendable. They are also the people behind the 9/11 Living Memorial, where you can listen to the stories of both victims and survivors online here http://livingmemorial.voicesofseptember11.org/





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