America's Response Monument (Horse Soldier Statue)
Backstory and Context
On September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists under the direction of Osama Bin Laden hijacked four commercial airliners. Their orders were to fly the airliners into these targets with the intention of killing as many people as possible. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers, one was crashed into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 was kept from its target (reportedly the United States Capital) by the brave passengers who managed to retake the plane from the hijackers. Flight 93 and all of its passengers and crew were killed, however, when during a fight in the cockpit, the plane crashed into the ground near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In all, the terrorists killed 2,996 Americans.
This statue stands to watch over One World Trade Center and remains a symbol of America’s military response to the and the actions of Special Operations troops.