Wednesday, September 11, 2013


September 11, 2013


       UA Flight 175 Crashes Into WTC
                   September 11, 2001
               Photo by upstateNYer

New York City, Washington, D.C., Shanksville, PA (JFK+50) At 8:46 a.m. 12 years ago, September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

17 minutes later, at 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 hit the south tower.

At 9:37 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon in the Nation's Capital followed at 10:03 a.m. by a 4th passenger airliner, United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into a field near Shanksville in Western Pennsylvania.

All 4 airliners had been hijacked by Islamic terrorists who smuggled box cutters on board the planes and disabled the crews.

American Flight 11 left Boston with a crew of 11, 76 passengers and 5 hijackers.
United Airlines Flight 175 left Boston with a crew of 9, 51 passengers and 5 hijackers.

American Airlines Flight 77 left Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. with a crew of 6, 53 passengers and 5 hijackers and United Airlines Flight 93 left Newark with a crew of 7, 33 passengers and 4 hijackers.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified at 8:32 a.m. of the hijacking of American Flight 11.  They reported this information to NORAD which scrambled 2 F15s from Otis AFB at 8:53 a.m.  Additional fighters were dispatched from Langley AFB in Virginia at 9:30 a.m.

Later, a 9-11 Commission issued a report saying the attacks were carried out by members of al-Qaeda and there were failures on the part of the United States in "imagination, policy, capabilities and management."  

At 9:59, the south tower of the World Trade Center completely collapsed and 29 minutes later, at 10:28, the north tower also collapsed.

President George W. Bush, visiting an elementary school in Florida, was informed of the attacks and soon was back aboard Air Force One.

The President spoke to the people of the United States and the world at 9:00  p.m. from the oval office.  He said:

"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundations of America.  These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.**

             President George W. Bush
                  Address to Congress
                   September 20, 2001
                 Photo by Eric Draper

2977 people were killed as a result of the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01 in addition to the 19 hijackers.  This number includes many brave New York first responders who went into the towers to save lives and in doing so lost their own.

On September 14, 2001, the President was authorized by Congress to use "all necessary and appropriate force" against those who "planned, authorized, committed or aided" the 9-11 attacks.

On October 7, 2001 the war in Afghanistan was initiated and later the war in Iraq.  In 2002, the Department of Homeland Security was established and the USA Patriot Act was enacted "to detect and prosecute terrorists."

In 2004, Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attacks.  He was located and killed by US Special Forces in May 2011.

The 1776 foot tall ONE WORLD TRADE CENTER was completed in 2013.

                One World Trade Center
                           New York City
                    September 21, 2012
               Photo by Benjamin Kraft

"The hole in the (New York City) skyline is symbolic of the hole in our lives, that moment that took so many of our fellow citizens to their death."

Tom Brokaw
"How We Remember"
Parade Magazine

September 11, 2011


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy presented entertainer and comedian Bob Hope with the Congressional Gold Medal 50 years ago today, September 11, 1963, in a ceremony held in the White House Rose Garden.

The medal was presented in honor of Hope's many years of service entertaining US troops overseas.

JFK praised Bob Hope for "going so many places to entertain the sons, daughters, brothers and sisters of Americans who were very far from home."

Mr. Hope did not abandon his comedy for this serious occasion.  Hope said that he entertained in the South Pacific when JFK was serving there. 

Bob Hope said...

"(JFK) was a carefree young man in those days, of course all he had to worry about then was the enemy."

Hope, who sometimes is the target of jokes about his distinctive nose, also quipped that he asked for a "nose job" for the medal but was told there would be "less gold".

            Congressional Gold Medal 
                  Honoring Bob Hope
                   Bob Hope Archives

             JFK With Delores and Bob Hope
                       September 11, 1963
               Library of Congress Photo


Moscow, Russian Federation (JFK+50) The former Premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev, died 42 years ago today, September 11, 1971, here in Moscow of a heart attack.

Mr. Khrushchev, who died at 77 years of age, was born to a family of poor Russian peasants in 1894.

He was survived by his wife Nina.

Mr. Khrushchev was buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery in Moscow.

New York Times Moscow correspondent Harry Schwartz wrote...

"Mr. Khrushchev opened the doors and windows of a petrified structure.  He let in fresh air & fresh ideas, produced changes which time already has shown are irreversible and fundamental."

       Khrushchev and JFK at Summit 
                        Vienna, Austria
                            June 3, 1961
                   JFK Library Photo