Friday, September 10, 2010

We'll Never Forget

I wanted to take time away from my usually sarcasm-filled blog/life to reflect on a more serious matter. While tomorrow brings a great deal of excitement for college football, and just overall weekend wonderfulness, it is important that we all take time to recognize the significance of this date. No doubt we all remember exactly where we were when the Twin Towers were struck by two planes. I could spend paragraphs describing my every move of that morning. It was the one day in which teenagers like myself looked eye to eye with our teachers, parents, strangers and had the same absent stare, the same inability to make sense of this day. Why did this happen? What was going to happen next?

For years my mother had planned a trip to New York for my 16th birthday. Tickets were purchased months in advance for our Dec. 4th trip. Of course we thought of canceling. Thankfully we were able to make the trip in which we spent hours down at Ground Zero. While Rockefeller Plaza and Times Square were bustling with tourist and holiday shoppers the Financial District was a stark contrast. As we got closer it became almost overwhelmingly quiet. While we walked, still blocks away, we noticed windows were blown out of shops, debris scattered every where. The buildings surrounding the Twin Towers continued to smoke as firefighters attempted to contain the small fires still burning. The pungent oder was prevalent to all those around. Without speaking any words, we were all aware of what it was. Families of victims stood vigilant near the towers, prepared to identify loved ones. Unfortunately on that day, one family was called in across the police tape. Perhaps the most shocking of all sites at Ground Zero was the amount of paper that had found it's way onto the streets and crevices of buildings. As the twisted steel continued to be pulled form the wreckage, these delicate pieces of paper had floated from the collapsing towers and landed peacefully without a single tear. Several feet of ash and pieces of paper lay on the cemetery lawn of Trinity Wall Street Church. With destruction surrounding every side of Trinity, no harm came to the chapel built in 1766.

Below are a couple of pictures of what Ground Zero looked like 3 months after 9/11 .

Let us continue to remember what happened on this day, 09/11/2001.

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