Never Forget: 9/11 By The Numbers

I did not want to focus on the sadness of 9/11 too much today, however, it is certainly a day of reflection. I think we all remember where we were on that awful day. I was in Nashville for a conference and was packing to head to the airport to return home to Washington, DC. Of course, I never made it to the airport and remained in Tennessee until some colleagues of mine and I took car service to Kentucky to rent a car and drive home (there were no rentals left in the state of Tennessee). The ride was long and emotional and I was left at a truck stop in Virginia so that the others could get to their families quicker. I was dating my husband at the time and he met me on the highway and we just embraced. That's the thing about that horrible day. Somehow, the light in it all was the sense of community we all seemed to have after that...it brought many of us closer together. I do think that that is what we should focus on today, but never to forget those who lost their lives. Here is a statistical recap of the shocking results of 9/11. Read, remember and then do something kind for someone today. -Tracy

The initial numbers are indelible: at 8:46 am, Tower 1 was hit, and then at 9:03 am, Tower 2. Shortly after, at 9:37am, Flight 77 crashed into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. – and finally, at 10:07am, Flight 93 went down in a Pennsylvania field. The burning towers stood for 56 minutes and 102 minutes, respectively. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds.

  • Total number killed in attacks: 2,977 (excluding the 19 hijackers)
  • Number of first responders killed: 414 (343 firefighters and 71 law enforcement officers)
  • Number of first responders injured: 2,000
  • Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
  • Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
  • Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
  • Number of victims who remain unidentified: 1,110 (41% of the total).
  • Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000
  • Total units of donated blood actually used: 258
  • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
  • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
  • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
  • Tons of debris removed from site: 1.8-million
  • Hours of labor to clean up the World Trade Center site: 3.1-million
  • Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100
  • Total FEMA money spent on the emergency: $970-million
  • Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4-billion
  • Estimated amount of money it cost to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks: $500,000

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