On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which triggered major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defined the presidency of George W. Bush.
On that day four Andover lives were tragically lost —
Christopher Morrison, who was in the World Trade Center
Millie Naiman, on American Airlines Flight 11
Betty Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11
Len Taylor, on American Airlines Flight 77