Fourteen years ago 19 militants associated with the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in our country – two hit the World Trade Center towers, one struck the Pentagon and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Over 3,000 people were killed, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.
On September 11, 2011, on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial was dedicated and was opened to the public the following day. Located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan, the Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each approximately an acre in size, set within the footprints of the twin towers. Three months after its opening, the Memorial had been visited by over a million people.
The 9/11 Museum was dedicated on 5/15/2014 and opened on 5/21. The Museum is an educational and historical institution honoring the victims and examining 9/11 and its continued global significance through artifacts and records.
To learn more about the Memorial and Museum, to donate, to become a member, visit their website at
- www.theguradian.com – The 20 best 9/11 books
- 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers, by Kevin Flynn and Jim Dwyer
- Firehouse, by David Halberstam
- 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States