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Remembering 9/11 By: Emilee Sweley Fourteen years ago, America was changed forever. The day that al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the U.S. will not be forgotten. Tuesday, September 11th was the deadliest day in history for New York firefighters, with 343 lost. Almost everyone remembers what they were doing the day the world changed. At 8:45 a.m., an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact caused a burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more on the higher floors. After the evacuation of the tower, television cameras broadcast live images of what appeared to be a freak accident. Flickr, 1998 WGB, CC A second Boeing 767 (United Airlines Flight 175) hit the World Trade Center 18 minutes later and sliced into the south tower at about the 60th floor. This collision caused a massive explosion that sprayed debris over nearby building and the streets below. America was under attack. Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations were the attackers. Financed by Saudi fugitive Osama Bin Laden, the al-Qaeda terrorist organization were acting in retaliation for America’s support of Israel. Some of the terrorists had lived in the United States for more than a year and had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schoo