Monday, September 2, 2013
We were forever changed as a nation on September 11, 2001. Directly or indirectly,
we were all affected. Below is the story that altered American history.911 AttacksOn
September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of
jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near
the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.
As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared
to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared
out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center and sliced into the south tower near the 60th floor. The collision
caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under
attack.The attackers were Islamic terrorists from
Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations. Reportedly financed by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist
organization, they were allegedly acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel, its involvement in the Persian
Gulf War and its continued military presence in the Middle East. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for
more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. Others had slipped into the country in
the months before September 11 and acted as the “muscle” in the operation. The 19 terrorists easily smuggled box-cutters
and knives through security at three East Coast airports and boarded four flights bound for California, chosen because the
planes were loaded with fuel for the long transcontinental journey. Soon after takeoff, the terrorists commandeered the four
planes and took the controls, transforming ordinary commuter jets into guided missiles.http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacksToday we remember, reflect and stand stronger as
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Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day has been around for over 100 years and celebrated on the first Monday in September.
This holiday has become an “official”
sign that summer is over. Many schools start directly after Labor Day (although more schools start much earlier nowadays).Unlike other holidays, Labor Day is not based on any old custom,
any one person, (alive or dead), any religion, race or inherited from another country. It is a holiday set aside to honor
all workers and does not have any specific symbol, logo or colors associated with it.Labor Day was originally meant as a day to honor and exhibit the American spirit. This is
done with parades and recreational activities for workers and their families to enjoy. Today, it has become a rite of passage
between summer and fall. Often looked forward to by many, as it also includes a three day weekend!Celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers this Labor Day in a creative
and fun way. This holiday represents a symbolic cultural custom that deserves much recognition. Working hard can bring forth
many rewards, so enjoy the extra day off!
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