It’s the seventh anniversary of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
In addition to our individual remembrances and those taking place in various communities, airports around the country are marking the date.
Earlier this week, Boston Logan International Airport 9/11 Memorial was unveiled. The 2.5 acre “Place of Remembrance” honors the crew and passengers of the two hijacked Boston flights with a large glass sculpture encasing two glass panels etched with the names of the passengers and crew of each flight.
Across the country, at Los Angeles International Airport(LAX), the 26 lighted Gateway Pylons on Century Boulevard were lit in red, white and blue beginning at 12:01 am, today, September 11, 2008. They will remain lit until 12:01 am Friday, September 12th.
Boston Logan Airport and LAX are tragically linked to each other, and to the 9/11 attacks.
Two of the four hijacked planes were originally heading for LAX from Boston. A third flight was heading for LAX from Washington, D.C.
- 92 people died when American Airlines Flight 11, bound from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center;
- 65 people died when United Airlines Flight 175, bound from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into the south tower of the World Trade Center;
- 64 people died when American Airlines Flight 77, from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, crashed into the Pentagon;
- 45 people died when United Airlines Flight 93, bound from Newark to San Francisco, crashed in rural southwest Pennsylvania.