“To remember and honor those who were lost, those who responded, and those who carry on,” reads the public invitation to the Town of Ridgefield’s commemoration of the losses from the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.
The well chosen words honor 2,977 victims of the terrorist attacks — a number that excludes the 19 terrorists who were also killed that day, after hijacking four airplanes and using them to bring about the tragic events. Two planes were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, bringing down the 110-story twin towers. A shocking 2,763 people were killed at the World Trade Center, 343 of them firefighters, 23 New York City police and 37 Port Authority police officers. A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington DC, taking the lives of 125 military and civilian workers in the Department of Defense headquarters and 64 people who were on the airliner. And brave passengers and crew members attempted to recapture the fourth plane from the hijackers, resulting in its crash into a field in Pennsylvania, taking another 44 lives.