The War on Terror: The Afghanistan War And The Iraq War
Out of the clear blue morning sky of September 11, 2001, war came to America. Nineteen hijackers seized four passenger planes and flew them as manned missiles directly into symbols of American financial and military power. Two planes struck the World Trade Center in New York City before 9:30. At 9:45, a third plane hit the Pentagon, the nerve center of the Defense Department in Washington D.C. Fifteen minutes later, a fourth plane, United Flight 93, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania, as brave passengers tried to wrest control of the plane away from the hijackers to divert it from another target in Washington.
The fiery inferno caused by the two crashes in New York caused the complete collapse of the “Twin Towers,” killing thousands of people trapped inside, including hundreds of fire fighters and police officers who courageously rushed up the staircases of the Towers to help people escape. As steel and brick and glass morphed into what seemed like infinite white powder engulfing much of downtown New York, Americans all across the country stood stunned and saddened as they watched and wondered whether the images brought to them by live television coverage were real or just part of a terrible nightmare.
Approximately 3,000 people lost their lives on “9/11." Americans had not suffered that kind of loss of life
In his speech on September 20, 2011, President Bush charted a new course for American foreign policy when he declared a “War on Terror." The war was to
The second major conflict of the post-9/11 era came in Iraq. In his State of the Union speech of January 2002, President Bush branded North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as members of an “Axis of Evil." He charged them with providing safe havens for terrorists and either having or trying to develop WMDs or "weapons of mass destruction” (biological, nuclear or chemical weapons). Through 2002, the Bush Administration began to make the case that Iraq, specifically, posed the greatest and most immediate threat of the three and even suggested that Saddam Hussein, the dictator of Iraq, had ties with Al Qaeda, the perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks.
While no good evidence existed for Saddam's ties to Al Qaeda,
Location. 30° 13.691′ N, 90° 54.784′ W. Marker is in Gonzales, Louisiana, in Ascension Parish. Marker can be reached from South Irma Boulevard 0.3 miles north of East Worthey Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gonzales LA 70737, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ascension Parish Residents Fighting the War on Terror (here, next to this marker); The War on Terror: The Afghanistan War (here, next to this marker); War on Terror: The Iraq War (here, next to this marker); "The Mother of All Battles Has Begun!" (a few steps from this marker); Louisiana Marines in the Persian Gulf War (a few steps from this marker); The Persian Gulf War (a few steps from this marker); The Vietnam War (within shouting distance of this marker); WWII - War In The Pacific (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gonzales.
More about this marker. Located in the Gonzales Veterans Memorial Park
Categories. • War, 2nd Iraq • War, Afghanistan •
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