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Virtual Displays: 20th Anniversary of 9/11

This guide showcases eBook versions of physical displays at the Fr. Leonard Alvey Library.

                9/11 20th Anniversary Commemorating and Educating

What happened on 9/11/01?

                Photo of the two towers the morning before 9/11

Main Points (via Opposing Viewpoints: 9/11 Attacks)

  • On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes in the United States. The hijackers crashed two planes into the World Trade Center in New York and one plane into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers wrested control from the hijackers.
  • The terrorist organization al-Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the attacks. The group had previously perpetrated an attack on the World Trade Center as well as US targets in the Middle East and Africa.
  • The attacks spurred the Global War on Terror, which included US-led military invasions of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003.
  • In addition to the nearly three thousand victims who lost their lives during the attacks, many police officers, firefighters, government agents, and local residents sustained injuries that led to health complications, including cancer and death.
  • Many Muslim Americans have reported increased harassment and discrimination as a result of the attacks. Several activists and media pundits protested an attempt to establish an Islamic cultural center near the World Trade Center.
  • Politicians have frequently evoked the attacks. This practice has sparked some allegations of politicizing the tragedy, especially when referenced in campaign materials.

("9/11 Attacks." Gale Opposing Viewpoints Online Collection, Gale, 2019. Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints,

Description: Join Ann Curry for dramatic reunions between people whose lives intersected on 9/11. Patrick searches for the New York stranger who comforted him after the disaster, while Timothy hopes to thank the fellow chaplain who gave him the strength to carry on at the Pentagon. Distributed by PBS Distribution.

Description: Ten years after the worst terror attack in history on American soil, this is a series of deeply personal accounts by people who were directly affected by the devastating September 11, 2001 attacks. Some of their journeys may surprise you—like the young man who in the early days publicly declares his thirst for revenge, but later decides to educate himself on Islam and the Middle East. Their stories, as John Doyle says “are about being aware, learning to understand the Arab world and being proactive in helping to avoid conflicts of religion and culture.”

9/11 Memorial & Museum
  • "The 9/11 Memorial & Museum is the country’s principal institution concerned with exploring 9/11, documenting its impact, and examining its continuing significance. Honoring those who were killed in the 2001 and 1993 attacks is at the heart of our mission." ("Welcome")
The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
  • "The Pentagon Memorial is a place of solace and healing and a reminder to future generations to renew their faith in and commitment to the values that citizens of a free world share." ("About Us")
Flight 93 National Memorial Pennsylvania 
  • This memorial stands in honor of the 40 passengers and crew members aboard Flight 93 who intentionally crashed the plane in a field to stop the hijacked flight that was on its way to the U.S. Capitol. 
The September 11 Digital Archive
  • "The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania and the public responses to them." ("About")

The Never Forget Fund
  • "Join with others from across the country to help a new generation learn the lessons of 9/11 by pledging your support of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s education programs." ("Hope. Resilience. Unity. Help a New Generation Learn")