2001 In the USA this day is known as Nine Eleven
The Americans put the month first, then the day. The Phrase “9-11”, became immortalised in 2001. America faced it’s biggest ever Terrorist attack.
4 planes were hijacked, 2 crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre, in New York. 1 crashed into the Pentagon, and the final plane crashed into a field, in the state of Pennsylvania.
Literally a Boeing 767-222, domestic passenger plane, belonging to United Airlines flight 175; was what was being flown right into the twin towers.
It stunned and horrified people all over the world, who were watching reruns, live footage, of the catastrophe on the news, In different time zones. Witnessing perhaps a new reality of what was now possible. Experiencing disbelief, the tragedy looked like something out of a movie, or the virtual reality of the target on a Console game.
Up until this point, people had not really imagined something like this could be possible for a target so big, in a Country so powerful, by people who had been invisible in the system and yet working in regular jobs of responsibility. It made people question the validity of how things could get to this stage and the very shock of how something can just happen with no warning to innocent people.
Causing mass destruction, to the towers, fires, entrapment, taking fatalities, casualties to those inside and the surrounding areas. No survivors of the passenger plane and the Hijacker pilot was on a suicide mission. Nations became on red alert, vigilant.
There is a part of the World Trade Centre that has been created into a sculpture that stands in solidarity in London and initially was set in the Olympic Park 2010. It was then moved to Battersea Park 2011. Boris Johnson opened the artwork by Miya Ando. It is around 8.5m tall. It is made out of the surviving material of the World Trade Centre that was donated for the artwork.
London also has a September 11 Memorial Garden in Grosvenor Square that was set up around 2003.
Photos were taken 2001 instant London tribute area
At the time back in 2001, tributes were being laid at Grosvenor Square in London. We have some photos in our storeroom. The Former American Embassy in London overlooked the square. The New American Embassy in London has been built In 9 Elms lane London SW11 7US
George Bush was the President of the USA at the time and gave this famous speech in response that very evening.
Rising from the Ashes like A Phoenix, a memorial was built on the rubble of where the World Trade Centre had stood. It was known as Ground Zero. It is from an Earth Cam who filmed the construction from start to finish, in a fast forward motion.
There is also a Museum on the site of the 9/11 Memorial, that was filmed for the 15th Anniversary in Sept 2011.
This is what the building used to look like,