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When the United States Stood Still

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It was a beautiful Tuesday morning on September 11th, 2001. At 7:45 am, it was nothing more than a beautiful morning. 

At 8:45 am, a commercial airliner filled with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north side of the World Trade Center. This left a gaping hole in the side of the building, killing more than 300 people instantly and leaving even more trapped. Eighteen minutes later, a second plane crashed into the south tower near the 60th floor.

I think I thought it was an accident, I didn’t think a whole lot of it immediately until I saw the footage, then you knew it wasn’t an accident.”

— Scott Vouga

This was not the end. This once beautiful day would be forever etched in our minds.

“I think I thought it was an accident, I didn’t think a whole lot of it immediately until I saw the footage, then you knew it wasn’t an accident,” 19 militants associated with Al-Qaeda carried out terrorist attacks against the United States.

These buildings had been built to withstand 200 mile winds and a large conventional fire, but this day was the day we saw those buildings collapse. At 10:30 am, the second building of the World Trade Center collapsed. In total with the two attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93; 2,997 people were killed.

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Anna Ventimiglia, Managing Editor

Anna Ventimiglia is the sophmore managing editor for Student Prints. This is her second year with Mehlville Media. She looks forward to attending University of Missouri. Anna loves makeup and listening to music in her spare time.

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