Two years ago, the attacks on America shook the world. Not a single
American will forget the day four commercial airliners were hijacked
and three of them were hurled against innocent and unsuspecting
targets killing thousands. Two of the aircraft struck the twin towers
of New York's World Trade Center. Another struck the Pentagon and the
forth tumbled to earth in a desolate field in Pennsylvania.
The immensity of the tragedy is still unfathomable. The lives, hopes
and dreams of the survivors were indelibly touched forever.
Just nine months after the attack, a full six months ahead of
schedule, the clean up at the World Trade Center was completed. The
heroic feat epitomized our nation's determination, strength and
At ground zero:
a.. 2929 confirmed dead
b.. 1,642,698 tons of debris was removed (over 200,000 tons of it,
c.. The debris was removed in 108,444 individual truckloads and
filled several landfills.
d.. More than 3.1 million hours of labor was expended.
e.. More than 55,000 workers from 26 different countries and 450
businesses were permanently displaced.
On September 11, let us remember the victims. The day will fill us
with sorrow and regret. But also let us remember our strength. America
is like no other nation in the history of mankind. It is the pillar of
freedom and democracy and no terrorist shall ever destroy it.