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"In the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor, three hijacked planes slammed into the Pentagon and New York's landmark World Trade Center on Tuesday, demolishing the two 110-story towers that symbolize U.S. financial might.

Horrific scenes of terrified people fleeing the mayhem flashed across TV screens as the mighty twin towers located near the tip of Manhattan imploded one at a time, sending a massive plume of dust and smoke billowing over the city.

No death toll was immediately available but officials feared the number could climb into the thousands, as 40,000 people alone worked in the steel and glass Trade Center.

New York officials said hundreds of firefighters and police may have perished trying to save others.

The attacks presented President Bush with the sternest test of his eight-month presidency. He cut short a trip to Florida and flew to a Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, after stopping briefly in Louisiana where he vowed to bring those responsible to justice.

The attacks, which involved the hijacking of four commercial planes -- two from Boston, one each from Newark and Dulles, outside Washington -- brought normal life across the United States to a standstill, turning the major cities of the nation into eerie ghost towns.

All financial markets were closed, millions of workers sent home early, all flights around the nation were canceled and all airports shut in an unprecedented move. Markets were to remain closed on Wednesday.


It began shortly before 9:00 a.m. (1300 GMT) when the first plane (carrying 92 people) slammed into the north tower in the heart of New York's financial district, opening a massive hole near the top. With TV stations showing the scene live, a second plane (carrying 54 people) followed 15 minutes later, scoring a direct hit on the south tower.

Minutes later came the report of a third kamikaze attack (carrying 63 people) on the Pentagon, home of the Defense Department in North Virginia, across the Potomac River from Washington. That building, too, burst into flames.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was in the building and tried to assist the victims before being evacuated.

Then came the deadliest blow of all as first one and then the second of New York's twin towers collapsed in a burst of smoke, fire and metal and a mighty roar.

Not knowing if more was on the way, authorities evacuated key landmarks like the White House, the fire-damaged Pentagon, the Sears Tower in Chicago, the CIA building and the Walt Disney theme parks. All baseball games were cancelled.

It was the worst attack on American soil since Japanese war planes bombed the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, killing 2,280 soldiers and 68 civilians and forcing the United States into World War Two.

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told CNN, "This is comparable to Pearl Harbor and we must have the same response and the people who did it must have the same end as the people who attacked Pearl Harbor."

Lawmakers called it an act of war which the United States must avenge. No group took immediate responsibility for the attack but suspicions centered on an implacable U.S. enemy -- exiled Saudi Osama bin Laden (news - web sites), whose followers were held responsible for murderous attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa.


There were a total of 266 people on board the day's four hijacked planes -- two that crashed into the twin towers, one that slammed into the Pentagon and a fourth that crashed in a wooded area near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

But it could be days or weeks before the total death toll becomes clear.

"I wouldn't want to say what the death toll could be. It will be a horrible number. I saw people dropping out of windows," a shaken New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani told ABC News, adding that 200 firefighters were missing.

"I looked outside and saw a big chunk of the World Trade Center missing," said Verizon employee Ellen Leon. "Fifteen minutes later I saw people jumping out of the building. Bodies were flying out. I don't know if they were already dead or if they were just going to die."

The attacks triggered scenes of panic, disbelief and heroism in the largest U.S. city, where police and firefighters risked their lives to save people from the 110-story twin towers before its 200,000 tons of steel frame came smashing down, covering lower Manhattan in a shower of soot.

"It's nuts, there is debris and dust everywhere, and it looks as though a volcano erupted down there," said Michael DeVita, who was working on the 84th floor of World Trade Center Building No. 2 when the first plane hit Building No. 1.

Hospitals in New York were overwhelmed as a black cloud billowed into the blue skies over Manhattan where the city skyline had been dramatically and permanently altered.


"Hundreds of people are burned from head to toe," said Dr. Steven Stern at St. Vincent's Hospital in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of lower Manhattan. Rescue workers used commuter ferries to carry victims across the Hudson River to safety in Hoboken, New Jersey, where the scene resembled a war zone, with victims laid out on stretchers, limping on crutches, and others walking without a shirt and with their pants torn.

Dozens looked shellshocked and were weeping in nearby streets. The thick plume of smoke rising from what used to be the World Trade Center was clearly visible in the background.

Bridges and tunnels between New York and New Jersey were closed, making it impossible for parents to return home and pick up their children from school.

Bush vowed to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice as he stopped in Louisiana to talk to the nation. "Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts," the president said.

Bush had begun his day in Florida prepared to speak about education but quickly changed his plans when the news of the attacks emerged.

With a military jet at each wingtip, Bush's Air Force One aircraft rushed to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana and was immediately surrounded by soldiers bearing automatic weapons and dressed in camouflage fatigues and helmets.

He was on the ground there only briefly before heading for Nebraska, landing at Offutt, a base with a key role in strategic nuclear planning under its U.S. Strategic Command.

Disaster relief agencies said they were working with the military to rush thousands of pints of blood to New York City and Washington to treat an untold number of injuries from aerial hijack attacks in those cities.


"We have not seen an attack like this, certainly not since Pearl Harbor," said Adm. Robert Natter, commander of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet, which was dispatching ships and aircraft for air defense to Washington and possibly New York.

As international flights were diverted to Canada, authorities shut down all flights in the United States.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat condemned the attack but some Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied territories and in Lebanon celebrated.

Bin Laden, a Saudi millionaire and Islamic militant, believed to be in Afghanistan, was blamed for the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in which 224 people died."       s/imdf11092001131513a.html       s/imdf11092001135957a.html       s/imdf11092001140638a.html       s/imdf11092001142335a.html       html

I want to ask now for your prayers.  I live only miles from Washington DC.  Words cannot express my fear and pain right now.  One of my closest friends was on a school trip to New York City this week.  They were going to tour the World Trade Center this morning at 9:00am.  I haven't heard anything.  My close uncle works in World Trade Center -- North Tower on the 92nd floor.  I have yet to hear anything from him.  My sister and grandfather work in the Pentagon.  My grandfather is critically injured, and word on my sister has not yet been heard.  Please.. Please send up your prayers now.  This is a desperate plea.  We need them...

I'm scared.       html

The president said:
"Freedom of this country has been attacked by a faceless coward.  Freedom is what we will protect ... Make no mistake, the United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

Let's hope so.

Prayers.. Please pray.

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You, and all of us, are in my prayers....
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you and yours are all in my prayers.

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3 posted 09-11-2001 05:37 PM       View Profile for doreen peri   Email doreen peri   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for doreen peri

my sincere prayers from my heart...... ...!!!!!

this.... all this... so very tragic.... thank you for posting this thread....

i am grieving for the country, the world, and all who have suffered.... what will happen next is anyone's guess... we must be strong
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4 posted 09-11-2001 05:38 PM       View Profile for angel_2401   Email angel_2401   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit angel_2401's Home Page   View IP for angel_2401

I'm praying for everyone...

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God Bless you and keep you.........
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6 posted 09-11-2001 06:05 PM       View Profile for Acies   Email Acies   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Acies

This is definitely a very sad day.  My prayers go to all the victims and their families.  

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7 posted 09-11-2001 09:37 PM       View Profile for cherish   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for cherish

MAIRE..... going to pray for your uncle and friend and sister and grandparents... awwwwwww darling, lets just hope they're all ok. lets just hope you get the news of thier being safe soon. keep us updated on your friends and family sweets. im here for you...*holds you tight*

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Marie, Sweetie, thats horrible...You, your family, and your friends are all on my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*
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9 posted 09-11-2001 11:12 PM       View Profile for anonymousfemale   Email anonymousfemale   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for anonymousfemale

Oh marie! *huge hugs*
I will keep you and your family in my thoughts at this time. I sincerely hope that they are alright. *hugs*

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10 posted 09-11-2001 11:37 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Marie, God bless you and your family......we'll all be thinking of you.
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you and your family are in our prayers...helen
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12 posted 09-12-2001 06:53 AM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

We all must join hands in prayer.

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My family's hearts and prayers go out to yours.  I pray that you find comfort, strength and courage throughout the hours and days.  

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14 posted 09-12-2001 09:29 PM       View Profile for Fading Away   Email Fading Away   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Fading Away

Thank you all so very much for your words of support and sympathy.  I showed them to my family, and we were all touched so very deeply.  You have no idea how much they have meant to us.  Just keep praying.

Right now, my uncle, who is not only very close to my family, but my Godfather, is still missing in the rubble of what's left of the World Trade Center.  None of his friends have seen him, and currently have no recollection as to if he left safely.  It looks as though that will probably not be the case.  My grandfather is in the hospital with burn injuries.  He's in critical condition, and is supposed to recover.  We are still waiting for word on my sister.  She's still missing somewhere in or near the Pentagon.  I can't tell anyone the fear and hope that runs through our heads every time the phone rings.  She is only 21 years old.  We are still anxious in anticipation.  My very close and dear friend who treavelled to New York City this week, although shaken and scared, is fine, as is the rest of her class.  They were on their way to the World Trade Center when the first plane hit.  Moments earlier, and things would have been completely different.

Keep praying.  Attend prayer vigils, if you can.  Give blood.  Do anything.  My deepest sympathy goes to the victims' families.

God bless you all...


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