On Sept. 11, 2013, the New Kent County Public Safety Department held a ceremony honoring those who died in the terrorist attacks in 2001.

•10:03 a.m. - The plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing seven crew members, 33 passengers, and the four hijackers, who may have intentionally crashed the plane after being overtaken by the passengers.

Weeks after the 9/11 attacks, the total death toll was estimated at 6,000, though the city only identified 1,600 of the World Trade Center victims. Over 10,000 bone fragments have remained unidentified.

The U.S. responded to the attacks by launching an international military campaign, the Global War on Terrorism, which involved invading Afghanistan and overthrowing the Taliban.

Although he denied any involvement for years, Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, eventually claimed responsibility for the attacks in 2004. He cited U.S. support of Israel, U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as reasons behind the 9/11 attacks.

The United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group and Central Intelligence Agency shot and killed bin Laden on May 2, 2011 while he was inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

Now that the dust and debris from the attacks has been cleared, several memorials dedicated to 9/11 victims have been built, including:

•The National September 11 Memorial & Museum (New York, NY - where the Twin Towers stood)

•The Pentagon Memorial (Arlington, VA)

•Flight 93 National Memorial (Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania - two miles from Shanksville, where the plane crashed)

One World Trade Center (New York, NY - stands on the northwest corner of the World Trade Center's original location)

Information courtesy Wikipedia and 9/11 Memorial



The Review recently asked our readers where they were when the towers fell and how it impacted their lives. Below are the accounts of West Point residents April Hayden and Phillip J. Higgins:

April Hayden:

My daddy had passed away in my home under Hospice care on 9/11/00, so my two daughters, Tara and Destineé, and myself were reminiscing over my daddy's military career as he served as Master Sergeant with 82nd & 101st Airborne in World War II, and the Korean War, by looking pictures, and discussing Daddy's general life and how he touched so many hearts.

My daughter, Tara Richardson Fisher, was home for a visit from Ft. Lewis, Washington, where she was serving her 2nd tour as a Jump Master (just like my daddy had served). Tara also had double duty as a Communications Specialist with Special Forces.

Tara was the 2nd woman ever allowed in her unit to serve as a Sergeant 1st class in Ft Lewis, Washington.

While at my home in West Point, we were preparing to leave to go to the Northern Neck church cemetery as Tara yelled, "Mom did you see this?!" She thought it was a trailer for a movie for a brief second.

The horror before our very eyes, the destruction of the Twin Towers, was etched forever in our minds. All we could do is embrace one another with hugs. We were both in shock!