After two passenger jets piloted by terrorists smashed into the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, the structures soon collapsed. And that was the cue for a massive rescue operation. By the next day all survivors had been rescued from the ruins and the huge task of sifting through the debris for human remains began. Some of the personal items subsequently discovered in that search have heart-rending stories attached.
Pictured above is a pair of smart business-dress shoes. But these are unusual in comparison to the other items we’ll see later. The owner of the shoes, Linda Raisch-Lopez, actually survived the terrorist atrocity. The owners of nearly all of the other items you’ll see died in the attack. Raisch-Lopez injured her feet as she evacuated from the South Tower. However only later did she notice the dark stains on the shoes – her own blood.
As people went to work in the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001, everything seemed as normal on that blue-skied fall morning. But a determined band of vicious Al Qaeda terrorists had been planning their deadly mission for years. Subsequently this sunny day was going to turn out about as far from normal as anyone could imagine.
As early as December 1998, President Bill Clinton had received a CIA report outlining a possible Al Qaeda mission to hijack planes and use them for an attack on U.S. territory. And towards the end of 1998 or early the following year, Osama Bin Laden himself gave the go-ahead for an attack, according to the 9/11 Commission Report.