The events of September 11th 2001 shocked the world. Today, most of us are aware of how the events unfolded on that Tuesday morning and the main persons related to the attack, however there are a whole host of lesser-known figures who you might not know about.
Daniel McWilliams, George Johnson & William “Billy” Eisengrein
One of the most iconic photographs from September 11 is the photo of three New York City firefighters raising the American flag at ground zero. It wasn’t a stage managed photograph, the flag was taken from a yacht docked in New York Harbor on the afternoon of September 11th.
September 11th was the biggest loss of emergency personnel life in U.S. history. The photograph serves a reminder of those who selflessly worked to save lives on 9/11, many of whom lost their own lives in the process.
Silverstein was the leaseholder for the World Trade Center at the time of the September 11th attacks. Usually, Silverstein would spend his mornings at Windows on the World on floor 107 of the North tower however on the morning of September 11, at the behest of his wife Silverstein was attending a dermatologist appointment. This appointment almost certainly saved his life.
Yosri Fouda is an investigative journalist, presenter and author. He is the only person to have interviewed top Al-Qaeda operatives Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh who during the course of the interview admitted to their involvement in the September 11th attacks.
Alongside Nick Fanning, Fouda co-authored Masterminds of Terror: The Truth Behind the Most Devastating Terrorist Attack the World Has Ever Seen, a book that draws upon Fouda’s interview in explaining how September 11th was carried out.
Bernard Kerik was New York City Police Commissioner at the time of the September 11th attacks. A veteran within America’s largest police force, Kerik was praised for coordinating the police response to the 9/11 attacks.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Before the attacks of September 11th 2001 few people, including intelligence agencies and journalists, knew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. After his capture in March of 2003 Mohammed was detained in Guantanamo Bay where he claimed that he was responsible for the planning of the 9/11 operation.
Todd Beamer & Tom Burnett
Of the four planes hijacked on September 11th, United Airlines Flight 93 was the only one that did not reach its intended target. The 9/11 Commission cites the actions of the crew and passengers in preventing the destruction of either the White House or the Capitol.
Four passengers Todd Beamer, Tom Burnett, Mark Bingham and Jeremy Glick were awarded the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for forming the plan and then leading the passenger revolt against the hijackers. All passengers and crew on board Flight 93 were nominated for the Congressional Gold Medal.
On October 25th 2001 Vito Fossella presented a bill in the U.S. Congress calling for September 11th of each year to be designated as a national day of mourning and remembrance – on Patriot Day flags at all U.S. buildings around the world are flown at half mast.
The attacks of September 11th 2001 remain the worst terrorist attack in world history and the deadliest foreign attack on America since the attack on Pearl Harbor. If we are to prevent further attacks and honor the memory of those who lost their lives we must never forget the events of 9/11.
If you are planning on visiting New York City in the near future and would like to learn more about the events of September 11 2001, consider booking a place on our World Trade Center Area guided tour.