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Never forget: Here are the original newscasts and New Yorkers’ rare footage of the Twin Towers being attacked and falling on 9/11

The World Trade Center smoking after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. (Michael Foran/Flickr)
September 11, 2018

September 11th, 2001. Where were you?

It is important to never forget this day; the horror of this day, and the ideology that wants to eliminate the American way of individual freedom and liberty.

It’s important that we never forget our first responders and service members then, and now, who still fight, to this day, the war on terror against radical Islamic extremism.

This battle of ideology – individual liberty versus theological tyranny and suppression of human rights – has claimed countless lives over centuries

To everyone defending freedom, to those who have lost their lives, to the families who still grieve to this day: thank you.

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Here is a montage of the original newscasts as the nation reacts with confusion, then horror, as the Twin Towers come down; then resolve.

This montage is probably the best montage put together of the original newscasts:

During the early parts of 9/11, Peter Jennings was the face of the day’s newscasts. At the time, he could be considered one of America’s most trusted news anchors.

Here is the original newscast from Peter Jennings as the world slowly realizes what is happening:

While Peter Jennings was on the news, New York’s first responders were on the ground when the towers collapsed. Thousands of people were in the towers, including first responders:

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Regular New Yorkers and those across the river in New Jersey captured video footage, too.

Caroline Dries, an NYU student at the time, shot dramatic home video footage of the 9/11 tragedy. Her and her friends’ reactions are terrifying and really bring home the reaction of the nation:

Here is footage of the South Tower collapsing, from a New Yorker on the ground:

Horrifically, the fires and debris were so intense that people jumped out of the Twin Towers to their deaths. Caution: this can be upsetting to watch.

9/11: Never forget.

Here is the timeline of events from that day:

 8:46 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

– 9:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

– 9:37 a.m. ET – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington.

– 9:59 a.m. ET – South tower of WTC collapses in approximately 10 seconds.

– 10:03 a.m. ET – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashes in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

– 10:28 a.m. ET – North tower of WTC collapses. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both World Trade Center towers is 102 minutes.