Saturday, September 11, 2010

Remembering 9/11

Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children."
 - President George W. Bush, November 11, 2001

The History Channel ( a family favorite) will air a series of fantastic shows today documenting the tragedy of 9/11.

While it's painful to remember, it's also important to never forget what happened to us that day; to continue to honor those that were lost and to remember why we continue to fight for this country we all love and protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

7 PM:   Hotel Ground Zero
There is an untold story from 9/11--the incredible tale of the 940 tourists, visitors and staff in the Marriott WTC Hotel, located beneath and between the Twin Towers, who found themselves at the epicenter of a terrifying disaster.

Despite jet engines and burning debris raining down on the building, somehow almost all of the hotel guests escaped. Of those who were still trapped inside, 14 miraculously survived the towers' devastating collapse. Hear the remarkable story of their escape, and the courage and heroism of the victims and their rescuers.

Missing Person Fliers
8 PM:   102 Minutes that Changed America / Witness to 9/11
Discover rarely seen and heard archives that document the 102 minutes between the first attack on the World Trade Center to the collapse of the second tower.

This commercial-free special uses unique material from sources ranging from amateur photography and video to FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority and emergency dispatch radio recordings, photography and video. Also seen is footage broadcast outside the US, electronic messages and voicemails and "outtakes" culled from raw network footage.

10 PM:  Hotel Ground Zero
There is an untold story from 9/11--the incredible tale of the 940 tourists, visitors and staff in the Marriott WTC Hotel, located beneath and between the Twin Towers, who found themselves at the epicenter of a terrifying disaster.

Despite jet engines and burning debris raining down on the building, somehow almost all of the hotel guests escaped. Of those who were still trapped inside, 14 miraculously survived the towers' devastating collapse. Hear the remarkable story of their escape, and the courage and heroism of the victims and their rescuers.


The Pentagon after the attack
11 PM:  Zero Hour: The Last Hour of Flight 11
At 8:46 on the morning of September 11, 2001, American Airlines Flight 11, a fully fueled Boeing 767, exploded into the North Tower of New York City's World Trade Center. It's the first terrorist strike on that day of infamy. On the fateful morning, Mohammed Atta and a small army of hijackers take thousands of lives.

The sheer number of dead makes it easy to forget that the day's first victims were the pilots, flight attendants, and passengers aboard Flight 11. Using a real-time split-screen format, the viewer experiences these 60 critical minutes as they happen to the terrorists, flight crew, Air Traffic Control in Boston and New York, and a mother-to-be as she makes her way from her Brooklyn home to her office in the Tower. Interviews with anti-terrorism experts and victims' relatives offer new information and detailed insight into the story of Flight 11 and Mohammed Atta's mindset.


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