Today marks the 12th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
A plaque remembering the lives of Sue Kim Hanson, a 1984 graduate of South Pasadena High School, her husband, Peter, and their 2-year-old daughter Christine, can be found in the courtyard at South Pasadena City Hall.
They lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center during the 2001 terrorist attacks of the Twin Towers in New York City.
It also marks an unforgettable day for former South Pasadena resident Kevin Danni, who escaped from one of Twin Towers the day of the event.
Millions of Americans come together each year remember and honor those who lost their lives during the 2001 attacks.
While the City of South Pasadena will not conduct a ceremony this year, flags in town will be flown at half-staff.
According to Wikipedia, four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.
Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda, according to Wikipedia. Although the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks.
- : In 9/11 Terrorist Attacks