August 24

Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You,” A Deep Ballad Dedicated to 9/11

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Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” is a song not to remind us of the hurt, the painful experience, and misery we’ve been through in 9/11. Instead, it is a reminder of how we stood ground and how we helped each other on the very day of the downfall. It is also the day where people uplifted one another from country to country. Most of all, the song will hark back that at some point, we people from different races, religions, and places, came as one.

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Alan Jackson, himself, carefully and masterfully wrote the words and lyrics of “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” He wanted to depict the emotions surrounding the attack. Nevertheless, he wasn’t fully able to do so since it was difficult. Instead, he portrayed reactions in the form of questions. Those questions undeniably touched the hearts and souls of the listeners.

On a lighter side, the song received a massive response. It was part of Alan Jackson’s album “Drive” which topped the Billboard country charts. “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Moreover, “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” won several awards from the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards. The top awards were “Song of the Year” and Alan Jackson’s very first Grammy Award for “Best Country Song.”

The September 11 Attacks…

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In the morning of Tuesday on September 11, 2001, a series of terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group Al Quaeda in the United States took place. There were 2,996 people killed and over 6,000 others injured. Additionally, it caused at least damage to $10 billion infrastructure and properties. The occurrence was all over the news.

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Also, on that day, 19 Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners departed from airports in the Northeastern United States bound for California. Two of the planes, the American Airlines Flight 11 and the United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center Complex in New York City resulting in the 110-story towers including the 47-story 7 World Trade Center to collapse.

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Moreover, the third plane, the American Airline Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense in Arlington, Virginia. Lastly, the fourth plane, the United Airlines Flight, crashed into a field in Stony Creek Township after the passengers tried to overcome the hijackers.

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