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Why Remembering 9/11 is A Duty we Choose to Uphold

Photograph: Henryk T Kaiser /Rex Features

Photograph: Henryk T Kaiser /Rex Features

Remembering the events of this tragic day has been considered counter productive by some who do not reside in tri-state area, because they feel our enemies win when we show pain. But in reality, our remembrance of those occurrences are far from the goal of presenting a face of strength to our enemies, as it is simply a show of respect, made to thousands of people who died before ever knowing why, how we would avenge them, and how many people would die after to preserve their memory, way of life and the freedom of those they left behind

A prime example of this was shown by many New Yorkers and visitors on 9/11, when they refused to leave the site of the attacks while the buildings were burning, solely because they refused to leave those men and women, who jumped from the heights of hell, to put an end to their suffering. At that moment, knowing why or how was not important to those “anchors” who stopped and took in the immense sorrow and weight of these events, with courage and determination, simply to be a source of support to these strangers they knew not the day before; the infamous “Jumpers”, were that day, their family.

“I will not leave you”

The amount of human spirit required to watch people die and not turn away, in a show of sheer appreciation for their role not being nearly as sacrificial as that of those they were there to support, is not comparable to anything else. In essence, it was felt as a responsibility of those onlookers to stay and say “I will NOT leave you”. And that is the same attitude with which we remember these people each year. For 364 days a year, the United States is torn between those who believe in the conspiracy of the matter, those who don’t, those for the war, those against it and so many others; but on this one day a year, everyone stops their quarrels and reside their mind in remembrance. All of this as though to say, “I will not leave you regardless of who hates us, disagrees with us or is against us. We will not let you fall into the world of the forgotten”.

 

That alone is the reason we do this. This is the reason these events have stayed fresh in our minds and have adhered to our way of life in everything we do. For many, understanding our need to do this is not something they can do. But simply put, so what! It was not on your front door that the world came to an end and peace was turned into a world of death, destruction and pain. You did not spend days, weeks, months on end searching for a loved one you knew would not come home, but refused to accept were dead. It was not you who walked down endless city street blocks witnessing tons of flyers of “missing” people, placed there by family. And finally, it is not you who stares into a skyline void of anything familiar; or you who picked up any of the pieces afterwards. So it should not be you, to have a say in the matter of when, why or how we choose to remember this tragedy. It is our everyday.

 

13th Anniversary of 9/11 Approaches

Photograph: Henryk T Kaiser /Rex Features

Photograph: Henryk T Kaiser /Rex Features

NEW YORK- Thursday marks the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and states across the country are gearing up for their memorial commemoration events. In New York, residents and visitors will be in attendance of the city’s most notable events.

NYC Tribute Event:

A tribute will be held at the National September 11 Memorial, where the towers once stood, to remember the victims of that fateful day. Families of the victims will also be in attendance, and the area is usually open between 7:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. every day.

The iconic blue, twin tower light beams will be lit in the plaza, which can be seen from as far as 60 miles away in good weather conditions. Those who reside near the island of Manhattan are familiar with the beaming remembrance lights, for which drivers on nearby highways stop on the side of the road to pay their respects, from places as far as Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken and Union City in New Jersey; all of which are located right across the Hudson River.

Visitors can visit the National World Trade Center Museum to purchase souvenirs and view the list of 2,983 names of those who died that day.

Washington DC

The capital of the nation will also be holding a tribute event at the National Pentagon Memorial. While the memorial is open 24/7 to the general public, on Thursday, September 11, the memorial will host a special commemoration tribute to the families of the 184 individuals who died aboard American Airlines Flight 77.

Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania National Fire Museum will be hosting their annual tribute event, where the ringing of the Riely Bell will occur 421 times as follows:

The bell will be struck at:

  • 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of Flight 11 striking the North Tower
  • 8:46 a.m. in remembrance of Flight 1756 striking the South Tower
  • 9:38 a.m. in remembrance of Flight 77 striking the Pentagon
  • 9:59 a.m. in remembrance of the South Tower’s collapse
  • 10:03 a.m. in remembrance of United flight 93’s crash in Shanksville
  • 10:28 a.m. in remembrance of the North Tower’s collapse
  • 10:30- the bell will be struck 343 times every 5 seconds, in remembrance of the 343 FDNY members who went into the chaos and perished
  • 11:01- the bell will be struck 72 times in remembrance of the 72 first responders which included NYPD officers, and medical emergency personnel, who perished that day

Elsewhere in the US, it’s expected that millions of Americans will be remembering the tragedy that happened on September 11, 2001, and paying their tributes as best they can from afar.

Source Article from The Guardian