Never Forget – Remembering 9/11
On September 11th, people all across the United States, and the world will solemnly remember the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. This was a moment of great pain, confusion, anger, and sadness for all living in the country at the time, and its impact was felt around the world. Remembering 9/11 is to honor the memory of the innocent lives lost, especially those of the brave men and women of New York’s police and fire departments who selflessly put their own lives on the line to save as many people as they could.
All over the place, you will see the words “Never Forget” proudly displayed. And Americans have not.
New York has been busy rebuilding at Ground Zero, the name for the site of the attacks. There is now a beautiful 9/11 Memorial, two recessed fountains in the ground where the twin towers of the original World Trade Center once stood. Walls of water cascade down the sides of the fountains and into pits in the center. Around the sides of both fountains, you can read the names of all the people who lost their lives in the towers. As you read the names, what will strike you is the diversity of their origins: it was not just Americans who were lost.
The centerpiece of the new constructions at Ground Zero is One World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, which will take over the functions of the old towers. At a height of 1,776 feet, the new tower surpasses the height of the previous two, making it the tallest skyscraper in the Western hemisphere. The Freedom Tower is a testament to the resilience of the United States, proof that it is a country full of good people who work together to pull themselves out of the depths of sadness and pain to build something greater.
For those of you in New York City on Friday, September 11th, there are a number of memorial services being held. You can find the hours of operation for the memorial and museum on the official website and reserve tickets ahead of time.
For those who live in other parts of the country, you can honor the memory of the fallen by donating to any number of charities that were established in the aftermath of that day. Click here for a detailed list of the many different charity organizations.