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9/11 Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in Culture

Today is September 11th, a day that is now and will always be known to Americans as 9/11, a day of tragedy.  Many people believe that the terrorist attacks that took place on this day in 2001 were carried out on this day because of the connection between the written date “9/11″and the emergency phone number for the police in the United States “911.”  Before the 2001 attacks the numbers 911 immediately made most Americans think about an emergency.  Today these numbers also makes Americans, and people all around the world, think about the tragedy that happened on this day eleven years ago.

There are many tributes to the nearly 3,000 people who died in the terrorist attacks that took place on this day.  These tributes include videos, monuments, large memorials, and visitor centers all across the United States and world.  To find out more about these different ways people remember this important day in American history you can explore these two English language websites:

It is common in America for people to observe a a moment of silence* around 9:00am (it was at 8:46 a.m. that Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center) on September 11th each year.  People take this moment of silence to remember the people who died in the attack, all those affected by this tragedy, and the volunteers who worked to help save survivors.

*moment of silence = a period of silent contemplation, prayer, reflection or meditation taken out of respect, particularly in mourning for someone who has died or as remembrance of a tragic historic event

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Hi there! I am one of Transparent Language's ESL bloggers. I am a 32-year-old native English speaker who was born and raised in the United States. I am living in Washington, DC now, but I have lived all over the US and also spent many years living and working abroad. I started teaching English as a second language in 2005 after completing a Master's in Applied Linguists and a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults' (CELTA). Since that time I have taught ESL in the United States at the community college and university level. I have also gone on to pursue my doctorate in psychology and now I also teach courses in psychology. I like to stay connected to ESL learners around the world through Transparent Languages ESL Blog. Please ask questions and leave comments on the blog and I will be sure to answer them.