September 11 is one of those events so remarkable that it generated a curious phenomenon: practically everyone remembers to this day where they were and what they were doing when the biggest terrorist attack in history began, 20 years ago.
This reporter was preparing her suitcase, as in two days she would take a flight for a one-year stint in the United Kingdom. I was told by a friend, who called and told me to turn on the television. For the concern of my family, the trip was maintained.
Terrorists from the terrorist group Al Qaeda hijack four commercial planes. Two of them crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York; the first at 8:46 am and the second at 9:03 am.
The third crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington. The fourth plane crashed in an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after some passengers and crew tried to regain control of the hijackers’ aircraft.
About 3,000 people died in the attacks.
In reaction, the US president at the time, Republican George W. Bush, promised to “win the war on terror” and accused the Taliban, the group that ruled Afghanistan – and which has now returned to power – of harboring the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden.
Folha wants to know what memory you have of the moment you learned about the attacks. Can you describe:
Where were you What did you do How did you know Your first reactions
You can submit your response by going to this link. If you have photos that illustrate your report, you will have the option to attach them.
We will publish a selection with the best answers.
Thanks to the readers for participating!