Where were you on November 22nd of 1963 at 12:30pm? The day President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Where were you on April 14th of 1968 at 6:01pm? The moment Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated in Memphis.
Where were you on March 30th of 1981 at 2:30pm? The moment President Reagan was shot in Washington, D.C.
And, where were you on January 28th of 1986 at 11:39am? The moment Space Shuttle Challenger crew perished off of the Florida coast.
These moments are surreal and at times haunting as we reflect on our lives as Americans. We remember where we were, when we heard the tragic news and the reaction we and our country exhibited. And, none will be as telling and stark as that day of September 11th of 2001 at 8:46am.
Today, we reflect upon that moment in time when we as Americans were fixed upon that infamous day of tragedy and threat to our way of life. And, to the heroes that gave so much to contribute to the relief of fellow Americans.
Sometimes as time moves forward through our busy lives and forward thinking, we can lose context of what had marked our country’s history. Let’s venture back to September 11th of 2001, as the events unfolded. Here is the timeline of critical events marking September 11th…
7:35: Muhammad Atta and al-Omari board American Airlines Flight 11.
7:59: American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767, departs 14 minutes late from Logan International Airport, bound for Los Angeles. Five hijackers are aboard.
8:14: United Airlines Flight 175, another fully-fueled Boeing 767, carrying 56 passengers and nine crew members, departs from Boston Logan airport, also bound for Los Angeles. Five hijackers are aboard.
8:20: American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 with 58 passengers and six crew members, departs from Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, for Los Angeles. Five hijackers are aboard.
8:46:40: Flight 11 crashes at roughly 490 mph into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99.
9:03:04: Flight 175 crashes at about 590 mph into the south face of the South Tower (2 WTC) of the World Trade Center. The Boeing 767 impacts between floors 78 and 85.
9:28: Hijackers storm the cockpit on Flight 93 and take over the flight. The entry of the hijackers is overheard by flight controllers at Cleveland.
9:37:46: Flight 77 crashes into the western side of the Pentagon and starts a violent fire. The section of the Pentagon hit consists mainly of newly renovated, unoccupied offices. All 64 people on board are killed, as are 125 Pentagon personnel.
9:45: United States airspace is shut down. No civilian aircraft are allowed to take off, and all aircraft in flight are ordered to land at the nearest airport as soon as possible. All international flights headed for the U.S. are redirected to Canada.
9:59:04: The South Tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse, 55 minutes 53 seconds after the impact of Flight 175. Its destruction is viewed and heard by a vast television and radio audience.
10:03:11: United Airlines Flight 93 crashes due to fighting in the cockpit b hijackers and passengers. The Boring 757 impacts 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
10:50:25: The five stories of the Pentagon collapse.
The fall of the Twin Towers. The impact into the Pentagon. And, the intensity of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. Each are etched into our memories as we recall the 1,000's of police, fire and EMS running towards the tragedy with bravery and heroic deeds.
As we remember this day. let us pause in reverence for those who perished. Total lives lost include: 2,753 from ground zero, 40 on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania and 189 at the Pentagon.
Let this day serve as a reminder of the strength of the American spirit to rally in times of despair. And, the enduring ability to rise again with zeal to restore our country's safety and way of life.
September 11th is Patriot's Day in America. Let us always remember how this day impacted our lives. Let this day serve as a stark reminder of the threats that exist to our Republic. May we always remain vigilant in defense of our liberty. And, always remember where you were on 9/11.