World Trade Center

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial passenger jets laden with fuel for transcontinental flights. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after the passengers stormed its cockpit. Meanwhile, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the North and South towers respectively of the World Trade Center in New York City.

Among the nearly 3,000 victims of the terrorist attacks, 343 were New York City fire fighters and 60 were police officers from New York City and the New York/New Jersey Port Authority. Included in that number was retired State Police Lieutenant Colonel Ferdinand V. Morrone #1858, who was the director of the Port Authority Police Department in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was last seen on the 67th floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center, assisting the many victims who were attempting to escape as the tower collapsed. read more