On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with al-Qaeda hijacked four U.S. airliners to carry out suicide attacks on the East Coast. At 8:45 a.m. that day, a Boeing 767, one of the hijacked planes, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Eighteen minutes later, a second plane — United Airlines Flight 175 — crashed into the center of the South Tower. As the world watched the twin towers collapse in shock and horror, a third plane collided into the west side of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing 125 military personnel and civilians. In the fourth plane, passengers fought the hijackers and diverted the plane, crashing into rural Pennsylvania. All those aboard died. The attacks as a whole resulted in 2,996 immediate deaths.
The 9/11 attacks struck a nerve in the hearts of Americans, not only because of the obvious brutality of the incident, but also because of the way the day changed the shape of global politics. Today, on the 13th anniversary of the attacks, the Forum page opens a space for students and professors to remember where they were when they heard the news of the attacks and what their initial reactions were.
Malik is Plan II, business honors and finance junior from Austin.