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9/11: 10th Anniversary Coverage

September 10, 2011

Sept. 11, 2001 — A date seared into the minds of Americans

TERRE HAUTE — There are events so important in our lives that we remember every detail. Sometimes, these are personal celebrations such as weddings, births and graduations. But other events, sudden and tragic on a national scale, such as the brutal terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9/11, become defining moments for a generation.

Just as the attack on Pearl Harbor launched America into World War II and is seared into the minds of Americans who lived through that horrific time, the terrorist attacks on that clear September morning in 2001 marred the early years of the 21st Century and its unfolding first decade.

When that day, Sept. 11, 2001, dawned in America, we were still bathed in innocence and stability. Then, terror gripped its target …

  • 8:46 a.m. — American Airlines Flight 11 crashes at roughly 466 mph into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99.
  • 9:02 — United Airlines Flight 175 crashes at about 590 mph into the south face of the South Tower (2 WTC) of the World Trade Center, banked between floors 77 and 85.
  • 9:37 — American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon.
  • 9:59 — The South Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse, 56 minutes and 2 seconds after the impact of Flight 175.
  • 10:03 — United Airlines Flight 93 is crashed by its hijackers and passengers, due to fighting in the cockpit 80 miles (129 km) southeast of Pittsburgh near Shanksville, Pa.
  • 10:28 — The North Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse.
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The attacks claimed nearly 3,000 victims from more than 90 countries. Stories emerged of the heroes, many of whom sacrificed their own lives to save others, preventing an even greater holocaust. America and the world mourned, and we remember where we were and what we doing that fateful day …

Don Augburn

Retired U.S. Army, now employed at Vigo County Sheriff’s Department in charge of the Sex Offender Registry:

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