September 11, 2001 started as a day like no other, until everything went wrong. Four airplanes took off that morning. Two of them hit the World Trade Center, one hit the Pentagon, and the other plane crashed in a field. Hijackers killed the pilots aboard and took over the plane. They had received help preventing the passengers from taking over. One of the worst parts was that everything they did before take-off was legal. They followed the guidelines for bringing weapons on the plane. It was almost as if we let them kill the pilot, and take over. Things needed to change, for America now had a weak spot, a very large weak spot. The United States of America would have to fix this problem fast or else 9/11 would not be a unique day. Attacks are still happening like this today, “there will be another terrorist attack” (Anderson 43). Even though we cannot eliminate all forms of terror, we can prepare for attacks similar to this. September 11, 2001, will always have a lasting impact on history, not just in the United States of America, but in the whole world. Immediately following the attack, people were unsure what had just happened because it was an attack that no other country had experienced before. America was unsure what this attack meant, but soldiers were ready for the worst. People were unsure if it was an accident or an act of violence. We were ready right after the attack though, “within an hour of the attacks, the United States was on a war footing” (Schmemann). The President( George Bush) and his family were evacuated. President Bush quickly boarded Air Force One, and flew toward Louisiana. He made two stops before he flew back to Washington. He planned to return earlier, until the Pentagon got hit. His family was evacuated to a secret place that is still unknown today. National monuments all across America were evacuated for safety precautions. The main goal after the attack was to save as many lives as possible, not just in New York but everywhere. Even popular tourist destinations such as Disney World shut down. Disney World has only shut down a couple of times, this shows how scared people were. That night President Bush returned to Washington to address the people in America. America was not the only country ready for war after the attack. America received support from other nations because, “leaders spoke of their anger and shock at the attack” (Marquette 17). The world was preparing for the worst. President Bush vowed to find and kill the people responsible for this attack. People wanted answers, and they wanted them fast. This led people to investigate right away. The FBI began the case immediately. They partnered with other countries to get answers. They traced the attack back to Al Qaeda. Osama Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attack. This caused the War on Terror, which would kill brave men and women. Air travel has drastically improved for the better since September 11, 2001. Human safety was always a big concern but it was more stressed after the attack. We have worked very hard to secure airports, “and while the U.S. has spent an estimated nearly 100 billion to secure airports and airplanes since the attack” (Peterson). Flight Attendants have been trained to defend and protect pilots. For the pilots safety, they can now carry weapons. All luggage is checked now. When you walk in an airport, you can either check luggage or carry-on luggage. The checked luggage is checked, and then put in the airplane. The carry-on luggage is also inspected, but you can carry these on a plane. These measures are costly but essencial. They prevent everyone from flying planes into buildings. It also helps save many lives. 9/11 killed many innocent people, but if this happened everyday it would kill millions. Bombings can still happen, but the chance of it happening are very rare. These precautions we took help make things like this rare, “there has been no successful terrorist attack on any U.S. airliner since September 11” (Peterson). These matters have greatly helped America. There have been close situations, but they were not successful. Somethings that you have to do now since 9/11 that anyone at an airport would know is that you have to take your shoes off, and you have to show your I.D. to help know who you are. You can also not bring fire or a knife on a plane. The knives used in the attack were actually legal. We are lucky to have laws passed that keep us safe. After the attack, America wanted revenge on whoever was responsible for these terrible attacks. President Bush wanted to restore courage in his country. He was also furious at the attackers when he said, “President Bush, facing his first major crisis in office, vowed that the United States would hunt down and punish those responsible for the evil, despicable, acts of terror” (Schmemann). President Bush would not tolerate it. He knew that this was not just a random act of violence nor a coincidence. He wanted answers. He said these attacks were meant to make us afraid, but instead they make us stronger. After this, troops were stationed more for safety purposes. Effects were not just being showed at home though. America wanted to take down the terrorist group behind this attack at all costs, even if it meant killing innocent people on both sides of the war. To get our side of revenge, “less than a month after 9/11, US troops invaded Afghanistan” (Green). Thousands of U.S. soldiers died, and many more were scared for life. Troops are still in Afghanistan to this day. A event that is 16 years old now is still being fought about.We have also poured lots of money into our defense program. The end of this war is still unknown to this very day. Since 9/11, we have not been as accepting to people of other race and ethnicity as we were before. We have worked hard to stop terror at all costs, even if it means falsely accusing people of a crime. One of America’s greatest forms of revenge was made right after the war, “In 2002, the Bush administration also opened the Guatannamn Bay detention center in Cuba, where it began to send suspected enemy combatants”(Green). This prison denies people their rights. They are not permitted a fair trial. The number of people there have added up greatly over the years, “There were more than 65 foreign inmates at the facility by 2003” (Green). Our former president Barack Obama vowed to close it, by failed to retain his promise. The numbers there have greatly decreased, “there are only 41 inmates remaining” (Green). Working hard to correct Obama’s wrongs, President Trump is working to raise numbers there. This will help to prevent terror attacks. People voiced their anger for this, because they said everyone deserves rights. People were upset, and wanted justice for those who were wronged. This did keep it fair for America, “Instead, they could be tried in military tribune” (Marquette 27). America began to deport more people than they used to, because they wanted to be safe. Americans thought about their own safety before they thought about others. They wanted justice at all cost, no matter how many people had to be killed. Even Barack Obama wanted the bad people out of America. Hopefully someday we will not have to deal with terrorism, and we can have peace in our world. (Green) Not just America but the entire world was affected by 9/11. We made great allies and terrible enemies. Life have been lost, but we are still standing. We will keep standing, because we are America. President Bush honored the victims by stating, “none of us will ever forget this day” (Santella 3). He felt horrible for the victims and their families. He wanted to make things right. America will forever grieve with the victims and their families, for we will never forget the tragedy that occured on September 11, 2001. We will honor them because, “the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, are never passed” (The Editorial Board).