We Will Never Forget….
On the 15th Anniversary of the terrorist attack on NYC, Sept. 11, 2001 I thought I would simply post photo’s of what Ground Zero looks like now rather than those horrific photo’s of the attack and aftermath that are etched in our minds forever. The Photo’s are taken from a google search of the 9/11 Memorial site. I have never visited the museum nor any of the 9/11 Memorials, it’s too painful.
This is a ritual for me, it’s cathartic. I am compelled to do this because on the anniversary of this horrific tragedy I don’t want to forget, as painful as that is. We have to remember the lives that were lost, each one a member of someones family and as I watch the 9/11 memorial service on TV, as the families are reading the names of each victim their grief and sense of loss is palpable. I am also reminded that our safety and security is so fragile and it’s so important to be vigilant. Since 9/11/2001 our world has changed, not for the better I’m afraid. I am proud to be an American and a New Yorker but frankly live with fear that this can happen again here as it has elsewhere. Remember Paris, Nice, Brussels, California, Texas and any country city or state that has been touched by violent extremist fanatical terrorism. I timed this to post at the time the first plane struck the World Trade Center 8:46 AM.
This was the deadliest attack to date world wide. There were 2,996 fatalities that includes those that lost their lives on the 4 planes that crashed, 2 into the towers, one into the Pentagon and one, because of heroic passengers went down in a field in Shanksville, PA rather than hitting its intended target. This number does not reflect the criminal terrorists that died perpetrating these heinous acts of violence.
As of August 2013 1,140 people who lived, worked or studied in Lower Manhattan have been diagnosed with cancer as a result of exposure to toxins. 1400 Emergency responders have died from cancer as a result of direct exposure to the toxins.
I also want to remember the canine first responders who were used in the search and rescue operation in the aftermath. Animal lovers from across this great nation came together to donate money and dog boots and other things needed by these canine heroes, they were in bad shape with cut and burned paws. They spent countless hours sniffing through the debris in the hopes of finding someone alive. The photo’s below are of one of the dogs Bretagne who died at the age of 17 in June of this year. A real canine hero who with her handler worked 12+ hours a day sorting through rubble. It’s a heartwarming story if you care to read it, she was treated as a hero in life and death.
It’s a fine way to commiserate the day, Suzanne. And thank you for mentioning the Pentagon. In most commemorations, the many lives lost there seem to be forgotten. Blessings and hugs.
The lives lost at the Pentagon and Pennyslvannia must be remembered as well. The attack on WTC dominated the news but the loss of life at all the terror sites has to be remembered and mourned.Thanks Teagan.
This was heartfelt and beautifully done!
Great post Suzanne
Thank you Suzanne, for this beautiful and touching tribute. I makes my heart ache just to think of all the pain this horrific act of violence has created. I sent you loving thoughts and hugs.
This is a beautiful way to remember, Suzanne. I love that you used the new images. The others will be burned into our mind forever.
What a beautiful tribute, Suzanne. I can only imagine how painful this day was for you and still is to this day so many years later. I am shocked at the number of post-attack deaths due to the toxins. (((HUGS)))
Yes and the number of deaths has not been updated for several years I’m sure it’s higher now. Horrible.
Hard to forget that awful day! Senseless destruction from people who have nothing positive to offer themselves or the world. 😡
“The best revenge is living well”: that’s how I try to commemorate the day – by keeping on with cooking and living…
Absolutely. I am working and cooking today and think about the events of that horrible day but will not let it stop me. Thanks Ronit.
Humongous Hugs Sweet Suzanne,xxx
I’ll take that hug and give one back to you😃😃😃💕💕
Lovely tribute Suzanne-just as your post last year was important to us all-it is hard to believe it was 15 years ago, sadly as a 18 y.o. freshman at College; its affect was and still is as powerful!
It is permanently embedded in my mind. Rarely does a week go by when I don’t think about this and although I get on with my life I can’t pretend it didn’t happen nor can I say I feel safe because I don’t.
Many I am sure share the same thoughts Suzanne in NYC! And…elsewhere. Hyper-vigilance for me took on a whole new meaning and does affect how I raise my five children, where they go, with whom they go, each day. I do understand. xoxo
I will never forget either. Awash in tears, paging through my “Portraits In Grief” book that the NYT published. My mother and I read them every day when they appeared in the paper.
I could not stop watching tv couldn’t believe my eyes. It was surreal. From my stoop I could see the towers and then the smoke and then there was nothing. NYC was effectively closed down no traffic allowed to cross into Manhattan no phone service, no subway service only emergency vehicles on the street. Never in my life have I ever experienced anything like it, the disbelief, how could this happen here. I will never ever forget.
This is a beautiful tribute Suzanne.
Thank you so much Dyanna.
Great post suzanne.
Thankyou for the beautiful post Suzanne. Each year is a reminder that our loved ones by God’s grace were spared and given back to us and to remember to pray for those who suffered such agonizing loss. Seeing the memorial pictures reminds me the beloved are not forgotten.
Thank you Alison this is a day of remembrance it’s painful to see what all those families are still going through.
What lovely photos you chose to include, Suzanne. And such a lovely post too! It’s wild to think fifteen years have passed.
It is hard to believe that it’s been 15 years. It still feels like it just happened. Thanks so much Em🇺🇸
Beautiful tribute, Suzanne 🙂
Thank you so much Freda.
Beautifully penned and wonderful images to remind us of that fatal day then and now.
Thanks so much Loretta. I have only seen the site via images still to this day I cannot go near there.
Beautiful post – et si émouvant ( je l’exprime en français ) – On revoit les terribles images et on ne peut imaginer que – c’est vrai – Ma compassion, et mon émotion en partage avec mes amitiés.
These days change the whole world – and our daily life – So much courage for th the firemen and others, they were so brave.
Bises – from france
Never! It was so weird traveling back to the US yesterday from Italy. The date was never lost on me as I moved through the world. Great article!
Beautifully expressed Suzanne. thank you for giving us time to reflect. (and I’ve never been to the memorial– so it was good to see all that’s there now.) take care friends… xo
Such a beautiful tribute Suzanne. I can’t believe it has been 15 years since that terrible day.
A beautiful tribute Suzanne. Thank you for sharing these thought and images with us all. xx