Much like the day that John F. Kennedy was shot, everyone has a story about where they were the moment the Twin Towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, which killed nearly 3,000 people, including 227 civilians.
In honor of the anniversary, New Kent County Public Safety held a ceremonial wreath laying in front of the courthouse at 10 a.m. today. The event was open to the public.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 al-Qaeda members (an Islamic terrorist group) hijacked four planes for planned suicide missions.
•7:59 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 11 left Boston's Logan Airport and was en route to Los Angeles, California. Sometime during the flight, five hijackers took over the plane.
•8:46 a.m. - The hijackers crashed the plane into the World Trade Center's North Tower, killing 11 crew members, 76 passengers, the five hijackers, hundreds of rescue workers, and nearly 1,600 people inside the building. Over 200 people tried to jump out of the burning building and were killed upon impact.
•8:14 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 175 also left Boston's Logan Airport and was en route to Los Angeles, California when the five hijackers took over the plane.
•9:03 a.m. - The hijackers crashed the plane into the World Trade Center's South Tower, killing nine crew members, 51 passengers, the five hijackers, hundreds of rescue workers, and 630 people inside the building.
Eighteen people escaped from the South Tower.
•8:20 a.m. - American Airlines Flight 77 left the Washington Dulles International Airport in Arlington, Virginia and was en route to Los Angeles, California when five hijackers took over the plane.
•9:37 a.m. - The hijackers crashed the plane into the western side of the Pentagon, the home of the Department of Defense, which killed 189 people -five hijackers, six crew members, 59 passengers, and 125 people in the building.
Ironically, the attack occurred on the building's 60th anniversary.
The fourth attack:
•8:42 a.m. - United Airlines Flight 93 left Newark International Airport in New Jersey and was headed to San Francisco, California. It is widely believed that the four hijackers planned to crash into the White House in Washington D.C.
Phone calls from the Flight 93 passengers revealed that the hijackers had used mace, tear gas, and/or pepper spray to overcome the crew, and that some people on board, possibly including the pilot, had been stabbed.
The Flight 93 black box recorded sounds of the crew and passengers trying to seize control of the plane after learning about the other hijackings and crashes.