Blog: The Uniden Life

September 11, 2001

Never forget.

Johnny Willis
By: Johnny Willis
September 11, 2019

To the humble world,

You can ask anyone the of age 24 or older where they were on 9/11, and they will probably be able to tell you not only where they were, but who they were with and what they did following the news. Eighteen years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, those moments are still vivid in our minds — and probably always will be. Like the bombing of Pearl Harbor or the assassination of President Kennedy, 9/11 is a galvanizing moment — profoundly shared across our entire culture in a unique and world-shaping way.

All of the children entering middle school this year were born after 9/11. Most college freshmen are too young to remember it clearly or personally. When called on to explain the meaning of 9/11 to younger generations — to our children’s children — what will we tell them? Why is it important? What have we learned?

I hope that what we have learned in the years following 9/11 is the meaning of the word “indivisible.” That we cannot be divided. That on that terrible day we discovered a great river of shared pride in our country that doesn’t belong to the left or the right, but to all of us. That we discovered the importance of the flag and what it stands for: one nation that cannot be divided by hatred or terrorism.

I hope that when we talk about 9/11 to our children’s children, we will speak about realizing that the attack was not just on one country, but on the human family. That terrorism has no place in our world, from any quarter. That those things that connect us are stronger than those persons who wrongfully seek to divide us.

And as we reflect on those whose lives were lost on 9/11, and the human cost of responding to the resulting crisis over the last 14 years, I hope we will have learned — and will teach our children — that we don’t need a crisis to come together as a people. That the strengths we share with one another are what we need to create great communities, deepen understanding, search for solutions to our most difficult problems — and become the nation and people we are capable of being.

By now, the entire world is aware of 9/11. Let's take a moment to just reflect on this horrible day.


Here is a timeline of the events that transpired on Sept. 11, 2001, as compiled by

7:59 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 11, a Boeing 767 with 92 people aboard, takes off from Boston’s Logan International Airport en route to Los Angeles.

8:14 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 with 65 people aboard, takes off from Boston; it is also headed to Los Angeles.

8:19 a.m. – Flight attendants aboard Flight 11 alert ground personnel that the plane has been hijacked; American Airlines notifies the FBI.

8:20 a.m. – American Airlines Flight 77 takes off from Dulles International Airport outside of Washington, D.C. The Boeing 757 is headed to Los Angeles with 64 people aboard.

8:24 a.m. – Hijacker Mohammed Atta makes the first of two accidental transmissions from Flight 11 to ground control (apparently in an attempt to communicate with the plane’s cabin).

8:40 a.m. – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) alerts North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) about the suspected hijacking of Flight 11. In response, NEADS scrambles two fighter planes located at Cape Cod’s Otis Air National Guard Base to locate and tail Flight 11; they are not yet in the air when Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

8:41 a.m. – United Airlines Flight 93, a Boeing 757 with 44 people aboard, takes off from Newark International Airport en route to San Francisco. It had been scheduled to depart at 8 a.m., around the time of the other hijacked flights.

8:46 a.m. – Mohammed Atta and the other hijackers aboard American Airlines Flight 11 crash the plane into floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.

8:47 a.m. – Within seconds, NYPD and FDNY force dispatch units to the World Trade Center, while Port Authority Police Department officers on site begin immediate evacuation of the North Tower.

8:50 a.m. – White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card alerts President George W. Bush that a plane has hit the World Trade Center; the president is visiting an elementary school in Sarasota, Fla., at the time.

9:02 a.m. – After initially instructing tenants of the WTC’s South Tower to remain in the building, Port Authority officials broadcast orders to evacuate both towers via the public address system; an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 people are already in the process of evacuating.

9:03 a.m. – Hijackers crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 75-85 of the WTC’s South Tower, killing everyone on board and hundreds inside the building.

9:08 a.m. – The FAA bans all takeoffs of flights going to New York City or through the airspace around the city.

9:21 a.m. – Port Authority closes all bridges and tunnels in the New York City area.

9:24 a.m. – The FAA notifies NEADS of the suspected hijacking of Flight 77 after some passengers and crew aboard are able to alert family members on the ground.

9:31 a.m. – Speaking from Florida, President Bush calls the events in New York City an “apparent terrorist attack on our country.”

9:37 a.m. – Hijackers aboard Flight 77 crash the plane into the western façade of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., killing 59 aboard the plane and 125 military and civilian personnel inside the building.

9:42 a.m. – For the first time in history, the FAA grounds all flights over or bound for the continental United States. Some 3,300 commercial flights and 1,200 private planes are guided to airports in Canada and the United States over the next two-and-a-half hours.

9:45 a.m. – Amid escalating rumors of other attacks, the White House and U.S. Capitol building are evacuated (along with numerous other high-profile buildings, landmarks, and public spaces).

9:59 a.m. – The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

10:07 a.m. – After passengers and crew members aboard the hijacked Flight 93 contact friends and family and learn about the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., they mount an attempt to retake the plane. In response, hijackers deliberately crash the plane into a fi eld in Somerset County, Pa., killing all 40 passengers and crew aboard.

10:28 a.m. – The World Trade Center’s North Tower collapses, 102 minutes after being struck by Flight 11.

11 a.m. – New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani calls for the evacuation of Lower Manhattan south of Canal Street, including more than 1 million residents, workers and tourists, as efforts continue throughout the afternoon to search for survivors at the WTC site.

1 p.m. – From a U.S. Air Force base in Louisiana, President Bush announces that U.S. military forces are on high alert worldwide.

2:51 p.m. – The U.S. Navy dispatches missile destroyers to New York and Washington, D.C.

5:20 p.m. – The 47-story Seven World Trade Center collapses after burning for hours; the building had been evacuated in the morning, and there are no casualties, though the collapse forces rescue workers to flee for their lives.

6:58 p.m. – President Bush returns to the White House after stops at military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska.

8:30 p.m. – President Bush addresses the nation, calling the attacks “evil, despicable acts of terror” and declaring that America, its friends and allies would “stand together to win the war against terrorism.”

An overwhelming 96 percent who served on active duty in the post-9/11 era (including myself) are proud of their service. About 75 percent saw their military service in a positive light — it helped them get ahead in life, they said.

The difficulty adjusting to civilian life is a true factor. About 44 percent of post-9/11 veterans said adjusting to civilian life was difficult. That compares to 25 percent of veterans who said they had a hard time readjusting in the wake of previous wars. About half (48 percent) of all post-9/11 veterans say they have experienced strained family relationships since leaving the military.

Nearly 4 out of 10 (or 37 percent) of post-9/11 veterans say they suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Studies reported receiving a formal diagnosis or fitting all descriptions of the illness. Among veterans who served in post-9/11 combat, the number is higher with 49 percent saying they suffered from PTSD and 52 percent reporting they had emotionally traumatic or distressing experiences while serving. Another 47 percent said they knew and served with someone who was killed while in the military.

Roughly 83 percent of all adults believe that military servicemembers, as well as their families, have had to make a lot of sacrifices in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

The terrorist attacks on 9/11 were meant to destroy our country. Yet, it was a day that filled many of us with the resolve to uphold what America stands for. Today we celebrate the many UnidenHosting members who have never forgotten that day, using it as inspiration to continue carrying out our mission to serve our military, veterans, and their families in the spirit of Service Not Self.

Today, UnidenHosting is in a day of silence and remembering all the lives lost during and after the September 11, 2001 attack.


Johnny Willis
CEO and President, LLC

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