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For the 22nd anniversary, Tunnel to Towers donates 22 mortgage-free homes to US heroes. It’s hard to believe it was 22 years ago that life as we know it changed forever. A lot has happened in 22 years:

  • Selfies are a thing – and widely accepted!
  • You don’t have to remember anyone’s phone number anymore. (Nor can you)
  • Vinyl came back and CDs haven’t
  • Smoking is out of every restaurant
  • “Friend” became a verb

A lot has changed, but one thing that will never change is the passion, respect, and love for those who risked and gave their lives on September 11, 2001.

To commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the September 11th attacks, the Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T) has done something outstanding. The organization has gifted mortgage-free homes to 22 American heroes and their families.

The recipients include:

  • 11 first responders who lost their lives to 9/11-related illnesses
  • Five first responders who died from COVID they contracted in the line of duty
  • Four first responders who were killed in the line of duty
  • One severely injured first responder
  • One severely injured military veteran

T2T chairman and CEO Frank Siller, who started the organization to honor his brother FDNY firefighter Stephen Siller and other first responders like him who died on 9/11, says the organization has vowed to “Never Forget” those who “face down any danger to keep us safe.”

Remembering 9/11: 5 Must-See Documentaries

September 11, 2001, has forever been marked as a day of remembrance.  The tragic terrorist attack took nearly 3,000 people’s lives. That day, four planes were hijacked by the Al Qaeda terrorist group. Two of those planes flew into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers in New York which upon impact collapsed the buildings. Prior to 9/11, they were the tallest buildings in New York. They were completed in 1973 and for some time they were the tallest buildings in the world.

One of the planes flew into the Pentagon located in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. The fourth plane, known as Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back. It was the only plane that didn’t reach its target. Ziah Jarrah, was one of the plane’s hijackers and also a trained pilot. According to The 9/11 Commission Report, “Jarrah’s objective was to crash his airliner into symbols of the American Republic, the Capitol or the White House,” the report claims. “He was defeated by the alerted, unarmed passengers of United 93.” After the plane crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, all 44 passengers were killed upon impact.

Today’s Remembrance

Vice President Kamala Harris is joined by several other politicians such as New York City Mayor Eric Adams, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and Rudy Giuliani as well as Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attended Ground Zero with mourners today (Sept. 11, 2023). None of the politicians were scheduled to speak during the ceremony. Names of the nearly 3,000 dead are called out in remembrance. President Biden was not in attendance in New York as he is attending a memorial ceremony in Alaska on the heels of his trip to Asia.

Take a look at five documentaries that tell the tale of the heart-wrenching event of September 11, 2001. From these documentaries, you will see exclusive interviews with heroes and witnesses as well as the historical impact of this tragic event.

  • Inside the President's War Room

    9/11: Inside the President’s War Room lets you inside of the Bush administration on the day of 9/11. The documentary gives you an hour-by-hour view in how the tragedy was handled that day. The You can watch the documentary on Apple TV+

  • One Day in America

    One Day in America is a moving six-part National Geographic series through the eyes of the witnesses, heroes, and survivors. The series is produced in collaboration with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum that tracks the tragic day in detail. You can stream the documentary on Hulu.

  • Turning Point 9/11 and the War on Terror

    Turning Point 9/11 and the War on Terror is a six-part documentary directed by Brian Knappenberger. It covers Al Queda’s roots in the 1980s to America’s response at home and abroad. You can stream the documentary on Netflix.

  • NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½

    Spike Lee turns his documentarian eye on New York City and its experience with 9/11. The Oscar-winning director interviews Jon Stewart, Rosie Perez, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and more New Yorkers who lived through it. It also touches upon the COVID-19 pandemic and the 20 years since the tragedy of 9/11. You can stream the Max, (formerly known as HBO Max).

  • Women of 9/11: A Special Edition of 20/20 with Robin Roberts

    In this special report by Good Morning America host Robin Roberts, she takes a look at all of the women who were behind the scenes on the tragic day. Roberts interviewed four women who share their stories on how they continue to heal from the effects of 9/11. You can watch the report here.

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