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Today Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Centers, is flourishing with construction, but 10 years ago, it was the site of the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history.
Two planes crashed into the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, leaving 2,252 dead and forever altering the skyline of America’s largest city. One plane hit the Pentagon, killing 125 people on the ground and another 64 on Flight 77. The heroes of United Airlines Flight 93 gave up their lives to prevent another terrorist attack and 44 people perished when that plane went down in Shanksville, PA.
As the towers crumbled and the devastation became clear, the nation’s first responders rushed in from across the country to help. In the decade that followed, the nation dug from the rubble and began to rebuild. While memorial waterfalls now fill the holes left by the World Trade Centers, the new building stands as a testament to lives lost and the country that would be forever changed.
In the video above, YNN explores the way our lives have changed as a result of what happened September 11, 2001. We’ll share the stories of our own community, including one from an Austin man who survived one of the tower attacks and hear from a family who lost a loved one. We'll also talk to first responders who went to New York City to help in the days after Sept. 11. We find out how families dealt raising their children post attack and explore the political landscape in the aftermath of 9/11.