On September 11, 2001 four teams of terrorists hijacked American passenger aircraft for a coordinated attack on the United States. Two of the airplanes destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one badly damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the fourth, which was intended to crash into the United States Capitol or the White House, was diverted by heroic passengers who stormed the cockpit and caused the plane to crash into an unpopulated field in Pennsylvania.
Lucky Boyd, co-founder of MyTexasMusic.com with his wife Jinele, wrote “In the Blink of an Eye”, a song that captured the horror of the day through voice mails to their loved ones left by those who were about to die in the World Trade Center. Listen
Two powerful PowerPoint presentations about the day circulated through the email.
This one was produced shortly after the event. Click Here
This one was added in 2002. Click Here
On September 11, 2001, Guidry News Service talked to several people who were near the World Trade Center in New York City or in Washington, D.C. where the attacks took place.
The first direct word we received from New York City was from Jessica Green, through her mother, then Galveston city attorney Susie Green. Jessica was in Manhattan just three blocks from the World Trade Center. Photo and Map
"She had just come out of the subway with her roommate when they saw the World Trade Center on fire," Susie Green, said reporting her daughter's telephone call to Guidry News Service. "As she is talking to me, she's standing watching, right there. She said 'Mom the other building, the middle of the building has blown out. It's a bomb!'." Listen
Shrub and Peaches Kempner were in Manhattan on September 11, 2001 and talked to Guidry News Service from their hotel room on the night of the attacks. Listen
Then Congressman Nick Lampson was in the White House when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York. Later that night, Lampson reviewed the long day in an interview with Guidry News Service. Listen
"I left the White House at about five minutes to nine, not knowing that this had happened," Lampson said, adding that he heard the news when he arrived at his office in the Cannon Building. "My staff was in shock when I walked in the door."
"Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve." - President George W. Bush