On September 11, 2001, the United States was devastated by the now infamous plane hijackings and subsequent suicide attacks. Four planes in midflight were overtaken by Al-Qaeda operatives to carry out this plot. Two of the aircrafts were crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, one rammed into the Pentagon, and a fourth had its target redirected from the White House to a field in Pennsylvania by the brave passengers aboard it. Overall, there were roughly 3000 victims. Osama Bin Laden claimed that his organization, Al-Qaeda, had perpetrated these crimes.
Now, ten years later, there has been a monument erected at the former site of the World Trade Center. The monument takes up roughly half of the 16-acre area. There are two large waterfalls with reflecting pools, and over 400 trees that surround the plaza. This memorial will forever stand as a form of remembrance for the fallen of this disaster.
The events of 9/11 have changed our lives as Americans significantly. From the fear, the uncertainty, the increased security, and the wars in the East, to the personal loss or changed faith in the government, we have all been impacted by this tragedy. However, through this struggle, our country has become closer as a whole, and we proudly stand as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all.