Canadians and the September 11, 2001 Attacks

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Episode 186: Twenty years ago, on the morning of September 11, 2001, as the world watched in horror, 19 radical Islamist al-Qaeda terrorists launched a group of coordinated attacks using four commuter planes as weapons, hitting several preplanned targets in the eastern United States. Two of the airliners were flown deliberately into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane smashed into the U.S. Pentagon. A fourth plane believed to have been bound for the U.S. Capitol building crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers aboard the flight fought back against the terrorists who’d taken over the flight.

Among the 2977 people who died as a direct result of the attacks, 24 of those were Canadian. As with many other countries, Canada stepped up to help in the immediate aftermath. What follows are details of the initial attacks and then some of the stories from that day and its aftermath.

Sources and Further Reading:

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

Not a drill – Canada’s air force on 9/11 | Globalnews.ca

Operation Support - Wikipedia

Operation Yellow Ribbon - Wikipedia

Casualties of the September 11 attacks - Wikipedia

Public Safety Canada — Remembering September 11th

The Government of Canada’s response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11

CANADA AND 9/11: BORDER SECURITY IN A NEW ERA

THE VIEWS OF CANADIAN SCHOLARS ON THE IMPACT OF THE ANTI-TERRORISM ACT

The Cost of 9/11

The Day Canadians Opened Their Homes To Americans

The Anti-Terrorism Act and Security Measures in Canada: Public Views, Impacts and Travel Experiences

Halifax airport employee remembers ‘grateful’ passengers and crew stranded on 9/11 | Globalnews.ca

New York thanks Gander, NL for help on 9/11 with piece of World Trade Center | Globalnews.ca

9/11 Canadian victims | Globalnews.ca

Brian Williams Memory September 11: Why Our Memory May Change | Time

RCMP officer kept stranded air passengers safe on 9/11 | Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Front row for history: Doc reveals fates of the ‘9/11 Kids’ at school with George W. Bush | Globalnews.ca

9/11 and Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia

‘Global National’ celebrates 20 years in TV special: ‘Disruption: 20 Years of Global National’ - National | Globalnews.ca

Can Watching Media Cause Symptoms of Trauma or PTSD? — Counselling & Therapy Services - The Juniper Center

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