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Reflections on Sept. 11

Maryland Athletics Pays Tribute to Those Lost in Attacks That Changed the World

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline

AP Photo/Mark Lennihan

The Tribute in Light rises above the lower Manhattan skyline on Sept. 10, 2019 in New York. Today marks the 19th anniversary of the terror attacks against the United States of Sept. 11, 2001.

The sun was shining brightly on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 as many Maryland staff members were headed to campus or already beginning their workday. The undefeated football team was preparing for a big home game vs. West Virginia scheduled for that Saturday, while other Terrapin teams prepared for contests across the country from Colorado to Massachusetts.  

Everything came to a halt, however, as images of planes hitting the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York flashed across TV screen, and smoke began to rise from the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where terrorists crashed other planes.

Today on the UMTerps website, 18 Maryland staff members—coaches, trainers, a doctor and even a student-athlete in 2001—share their recollections of one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history.


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