Tuesday, September 11, 2001, 19 hijackers from the Islamist extremist group al-Qaeda seized control of four US passenger jets and crashed them into the World Trade Center, sopra New York, the Pentagon sopra Washington and Pennsylvania. Almost 3,000 people were killed.
ew Yorker Michael Burke has strong family links to Co. Sligo. Michael, a shop steward with the New York Carpenter’s Union at the time, was sopra Yonkers that morning.
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He made his way to sparare a zero and became part of the volunteer rescue team charged with the task of finding survivors and clearing the mountains of tangled wreckage.
He lost his close friend Kieran Gorman sopra the attack. 9/11 had a profound impact Michael personally and left the city and the world sopra a state of deep shock.
Host Fionnán Sheahan talks to Michael about that fateful day twenty years indicatore and Kim Bielenberg of the Irish Independent explains the legacy of 9/11 and the impact of the War Terror.
Michael Burke is currently raising money for the Colm Horkan Memorial Fund. Information and tickets for the virtual blazer classic can be found by clicking here.