September 11, 2001, began as a morning like any other crisp, early fall day in the Northeast United States. But by the time the sun set over New York, Washington, and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, the entire world had changed. After the dust settled, fires were extinguished, and all was counted, 2,977 innocent lives had been stolen by Al Qaeda terrorists.
At 7:59 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 scheduled from Boston Logan International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport takes off with 92 people on board.
A few minutes later, United Airlines Flight 175 departs Boston Logan with 65 people on board at 8:14 a.m., also en route to Los Angeles.