Throughout the week, the people of Tallahassee shared their memories of the terrorist attack on the United States of America on the morning of September 11, 2001, as the 20th anniversary of the event approached.
On that day, a total of 2,996 people died in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. We are currently in 2021 and some still fear a second attack.
Trenton Lazenby, an English student at Florida A&M University, says that even though he was extremely young, he still remembers the impact it had on him and others in the United States.
“It had no effect on me back then because I was just a baby, but to this day it makes me paranoid to get on a plane,” Lazenby said.
On September 11, the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda launched a series of coordinated attacks using four hijacked planes targeting the United States. Two of the planes crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The third plane landed in the Pentagon just outside Washington, DC Then the fourth and final plane was aimed at the White House but passengers intervened and crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
This ripple effect of the attacks triggered major US initiatives to fight terrorism and go into defense mode. The impact left many military officials nervous about what to follow.
“The naval base where I worked in Hawaii was a Joint Command and this area was a hot spot for this stuff, especially after the attack on Pearl Harbor,” said Mark McCoy Sr., a former petty officer. enlisted class (E-6).
Many civilians were in shock as the events unfolded. Teachers are said to have stopped lesson plans to watch information with students on their old-fashioned televisions that were attached to mobile rolling carts. One student remembers seeing planes crashing into the Twin Towers on several occasions as a wave of fear silenced the class. Another student only remembers what others say.
“My teacher explained what they were doing when 9/11 happened and how many were fired from school and work because they didn’t know what was going on,” said Kaylah Elliott, journalism student at the FAMU. “I was able to visit New York and go to the memorial. It was so much more personal seeing all the names of the victims and taking a minute of silence in their memory. “
Due to the pandemic, commemorations in Tallahassee are limited, but residents continue to share their feelings about the hard-hitting events that happened on September 11, via social media using the hashtag # NeverForget911.