By Russ Phillips
I have not posted since Sep. 30th because I have been traveling and visiting several sites relating to our government. This included five previous presidents, a previous senator and a memorial/museum in remembrance of the many lives lost in 1993 and 2001 when terrorists attacked the United States. The sites visited included:
- Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont, OH, 1877-1881, biography.
- James A. Garfield National Historic Site, Mentor, OH, 1881-1881, biography.
- William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, Canton, OH, 1897-1901, biography.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY, 1933-1945, biography. (Also, see Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.)
- John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA, 1961-1963, biography.
- Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, Boston, MA, 1962-2009, biography.
- 9/11 Memorial, New York City, NY.
On September 11, 2001, nineteen al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial U.S. jetliners, deliberately crashing two of the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center and a third plane into the Pentagon. After learning of the other attacks, passengers and crew members on the fourth plane attempted to commandeer control, and the plane was crashed into an empty field in Western Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on that day, the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil.
On February 26, 1993, terrorists placed a bomb in the garage beneath the World Trade Center. The explosion killed six people and injured more than 1,000 others. This timeline tells the story of the bombing plot, its effects on the World Trade Center, and the campaign to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The museums/libraries/homes are a most interesting and visual way to bring back to life a previous era and pivotal events in our nation’s history. I would encourage you to consider visiting our presidential libraries and museums.