Reflections of a September Day- Part 2

Ground Zero in 2006:  Memorial wall listing names of victims of WTC attacks

Ground Zero in 2006: Memorial wall listing names of victims of WTC attacks

 In yesterdays post, I linked to some rather disturbing audio of two victims of the attack on the World Trade Center nine years ago during their last moments on earth.  I also posted a picture that’s come to be known as “The Falling Man”, depicting one of those many WTC victims who choose to exit the building on their own terms rather than wait for the fate that they knew was coming.   The photographer behind The Falling Man, Richard Drew, was initially criticized for snapping that one second in The Falling Man’s life as he was approaching his death.  Newspapers were also under fire for running the photo, so therefore it ran only once in most papers here in the United States.  I never came across it myself until a year ago, and found it shocking and disturbing.  Even so, I see it as another memorial to those who died, much like the memorial wall above at Ground Zero. The photo above was taken on my last visit there in July 2006, so I don’t know whether or not it still stands.  The construction of a permanent memorial and towers is still a work in progress, as is the memorial in Shanksville, PA for the passengers and crew of Flight 93.  To the best of my knowledge, the memorial to the Pentagon victims is the only one that’s been completed.  These things take time, I suppose, but it’s important that they get done. Memorials serve not just to pay tribute to those who passed away, but they’re important for the living.  As September 11, 2001 gets further and further in the past, we need to be reminded, at least once a year of what happened and what those people went through.  Not just the people whose last dramatic moments were caught on film or audio tape, but everybody who was lost:  the rescue workers, who walked up into the towers, as others were going down towards safety—and life.   The passengers on the 3 flights that flew into the towers and into the Pentagon who never knew what was happening.  The passengers on Flight 93 who did know, and decided to do something about it.  The workers at the Pentagon who were taken in an instant as they sat at their desks… and those people who’ve since passed away from illnesses caused by working among the debris at Ground Zero.  All of these deserve to be remembered, today and always.

“God’s Calling Card”- the cross found in the rubble in the days after the attacks, as it appeared in July 2006

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