“Never Forget” is the motto surrounding September 11th and it’s subsequent anniversaries, but is a day like that really something anyone can ever really forget?
At NYCVP, we remember. Nicole was still in middle school at the time; she got out of school early and watched the news with her father. Dottie was late for work, listening to the radio in her car when she heard the news. Jim and Jen were working in our PA office, watching on television and trying to answer phone calls about what was going on.
We all have our stories about where we were or what we were doing that are going to stick with us for our lifetimes.
Today marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center complex in New York City, near Shanksville, PA, and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. In just a matter of 2 hours, so many lives were changed.
At 8:46 am: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower (1 WTC).
At 9:03 am: Hijackers deliberately crashed United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower (2 WTC).
At 9:37 am: Hijackers deliberately crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, near Washington, D.C.
At 9:59 am: The South Tower (2 WTC) collapsed.
At 10:03 am: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launched a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crashed the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, P.A.
At 10:28 am: The North Tower (1 WTC) collapsed. The 16-acre World Trade Center site was in ruins, with collateral damage affecting all adjacent properties and streets. A rescue and recovery effort began immediately.
Some people honor these times by having a moment of silence, some toll bells, and some read the list of names of all those who lost their lives. These practices are meant to honor the fallen, to show respect to the innocent lives lost, and reunite as a city and a country that shared in this tragedy. It’s one attempt to “Never Forget.”
But there should never really be a day when we forget that this all happened, and that’s the mission of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, to commemorate this historic experience every day. The last lines of their mission statement reads:
May the lives remembered, the deeds recognized, and the spirit reawakened be eternal beacons, which reaffirm respect for life, strengthen our resolve to preserve freedom, and inspire an end to hatred, ignorance and intolerance.
At NYCVP, with our love of everything and anything New York City, we support the memorial and what it stands for and urge you to “Never Forget”—not just on September 11th, but whenever you can. You can see Google Maps 3D images of the memorial or check out the 9/11 Memorial Webcam, but perhaps the best way to pay your respects is to actually visiting the memorial on your next NYC vacation. Go ahead and read some of the 3,000 names of the victims of the attacks, gaze out at the twin reflecting pools that sit within the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood. Stand in awe of the powerful reminder of the largest loss of life event resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest loss of rescue personnel in American history.
Once you see it, you’ll be sure to never forget it.
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