On September 11, 2001 at 8:46 a.m. Eastern time, American Airlines Flight 11, a morning Boston to Los Angeles flight, was flown into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Roughly 20 minutes later, 9:02 a.m., another plane, United Airlines Flight 175, a morning Boston to Los Angeles flight, was flown into the south tower. As Americans were still reeling from the first two attacks, the killers continued the onslaught. At 9:37 a.m. American Airlines Flight 77, a Washington D.C. to Los Angeles flight was flown into the Pentagon. Still in flight passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, a Newark-to-San Francisco flight, were notified of what had occurred with the other three planes and took action to bring down their plane before it could be used as weapon to inflict additional damage
This day is dedicated to the 2,752 men, women and children who were murdered and to the heroes who responded to the emergency at the Twin Towers. To the 125 staffers, 64 passengers and crewmembers on Flight 77 who died when it crashed into the Pentagon. To the 38 passengers, five flight attendants, and two pilots on Flight 93, who with the words “Let’s roll” attempted to seize control of the plane and ultimately crashed into a field not far from Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We thank those aboard Flight 93 for such a courageous act of selflessness and bravery for saving the many lives that would have been destroyed in any additional carnage.
Today we honor and will never forget the 2,986 irreplaceable lives that were stolen from us on this day 12 years ago.
And lastly we honor those who are fighting the war on terror. To those brave men and women of our armed forces we express our gratitude and support and thank you for your commitment to protecting our freedoms and our way of life.