This afternoon visitors paid their respects to the men and women who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. A group of veterans, tourists and families traveled by trolley to see the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial on 8th Avenue between N. 19th and 20th Streets in Ybor City. The memorial was dedicated at 8:25 a.m. —around the time the first plane hit the first tower of the World Trade Center. Idlewild Baptist Church Pastor Ken Whitten led the prayer
The memorial features a beam from the the south tower of the World Trade Center. The lifelife sculpture, “Fearless Champions” by artist Becky Ault, represents the first responders and survivors of that day.
Thirteen years ago, 19 terrorists hijacked 4 commercial airline planes bound for the West Coast. American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City at 8:46 a.m. ET. United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles hit the south tower of the World Trade Center at 9:03 a.m. ET.
Nearly a half hour later, American Airlines Flight 77 from Dulles, Virginia to Los Angeles, struck the Pentagon Building in Washington, DC. at 9:37 a.m ET.
At 10:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 93 from Newark, New Jersey to San Francisco crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
2,977 people were killed that horrific day in the worst terrorist attack on the United States. It was the day that changed America forever. Since then, the United States led by President George W. Bush and other countries declared war on terrorism.
The 9/11 terrorist attack was coordinated by Osama Bin Laden, the leader of Al Qaeda.
The war on terrorism and the search for Bin Laden and others responsible for the 9/11 attack continued under President Barack Obama. Osma Bin Laden was captured and killed in Pakistan by the U.S. Navy Seals on May 2, 2011.