Mount Pleasant Magazine Sept-Oct 2023

61 | | This world has seen many tragedies; it’s through remembering our history that we can begin to move the needle towards peace and prosperity for all. Dec. 7, 1941, marked the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and will forever be embedded in our U.S. History. Similarly, Sept. 11, 2001, will live forever in our minds as a day of infamy in which the world stood still. On 9/11, America lost nearly 3,000 lives. Many people survived to tell their story. Many unsung heroes made the sacrifice to save others as they lost their lives. It’s September and New York City is busy with tourists, tennis fans at the U.S. Open, Fashion Week, back to school and concerts, to name a few. Remember, cell phones were a brand-new phenomenon and social media didn’t exist. As the sun rose that morning, the weather was perfect with barely a cloud in the sky. At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 was hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Center North Tower, instantly killing 76 passengers, 11 crew members and the employees starting their day in the offices inside the building. The Twin Towers stood upon Remembering 9/11: Stories from Ground Zero BY MAURICE J. FRAZIER Working on top the Ground Zero pile passing debris from one rescuer to another searching for survivors.