Standing Tall In The Shadows Of A New York Tragedy That United The World: September 11, 2001


It has been almost a decade now and there is much to be remembered regarding the tragedy that struck New York, the United States and the world at the hands of Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001. The catastrophe itself was a real horror for them. killed and wounded as well as the families of those attacked in New York, on planes, in the air and at the mighty Pentagon. These people should never be forgotten. The pain subsides but it scars and the scars never go away, but for those who survive it takes a lot of help moving forward. In light of the apparent death of Osama Bin Laden, there is some closure when it comes to the actual crime that was committed against humanity that day, but with every great tragedy there is there are stories of extraordinary heroism, bravery, hope, and humanity. September 11 was no exception. A decade later, I want to remember the good that came with the aftermath of this tragedy, the help, solidarity and compassion shared by New Yorkers and the rest of the United States in the face of disaster as well. terrible than man.

Most people know the heartbreaking details of what happened on September 11th. On a crisp and chilly autumn morning, a handful of terrorists kidnapped several commercial airliners. One of them crashed on the way to Washington D.C., killing everyone on board, including a few brave passengers who attempted to take the plane back from the terrorists. The plane plunged into the ground, saving hundreds, if not thousands, of more lives than if the plane had reached its destination. Two more planes flew into the World Trade Center, overturning and destroying the wonderful man-made towers forever. Many of those inside, just going through a seemingly normal workday, died in their attempt to escape destruction or in their efforts to save people from disaster. A third plane plunged into the Pentagon, killing many more people working to protect American life and interests.

Ultimately, 2,819 people died in this tragedy. More than 400 firefighters, police, paramedics and officials have died saving many people and trying to save many more. We have been at war with terrorism ever since. It was a relentless attack on innocent civilian lives, affecting far more than those killed or injured in the attack itself. It also affected a lot more than New Yorkers. Over 100 different nationalities lost citizens in the attack. The Twin Towers were more than a few extremely tall buildings. The World Trade Center complex was a beacon of hope in the city from 1973 until the fateful day in 2001. Designs were finalized in 1964 for the 7-building project with the Twin Towers to be the heart of the complex finished. Construction began on August 5, 1966. The completed towers measured 1,368 and 1,362 feet, 110 stories, respectively, after the tallest existing buildings. They housed around 50,000 employees and received 20,000 visitors per day. People came to see the greatness of New York. The towers were part of the financial center of the country and the world. For many around the world, they were a symbol of freedom. Many people from many countries have come to build a better existence for themselves, as well as for their families and communities.

This is America in a nutshell, opportunity and hope, where everyone can come and enjoy freedom. We are a nation of immigrants and New York City is the epicenter of the melting pot. This was no more evident than when so many people from so many nations have died with thousands of New Yorkers in these buildings, and when the intrepid New York City officials, firefighters and police are entered this building in the face of death or injury, they went to save everyone they could, not just New Yorkers. People from all over the country flocked to New York in the days that followed, making numerous attempts in every way possible to offer help, as well as to search for survivors and victims. America has always united in times of crisis, even though we bicker when there is no crisis. However, that is the beauty of America. We argue and fight to find the best way for everyone, so that everyone can enjoy their own freedoms without harming others, and if need be when things are going, we will even help each other. America often falls in love with New Yorkers. We are often referred to as tough, loud, grumpy, etc., but September 11, perhaps more than any other tragedy, revealed the true hearts and character of Americans and New Yorkers. The love, sympathy and unity that arose out of this tragedy showed who we are.

New Yorkers, despite their many differences, attitudes, and notorious lack of patience, have always managed to stand up for each other and the world. Believe it or not, New Yorkers are a great family of dedicated citizens who help each other out in times of pain and need. We always have. While New Yorkers are used to social, political and economic upheaval, crime, overcrowding, degrading neighborhoods, intolerable housing, outrageous rents and high taxes, they accept the turmoil associated with everyday life. as a normal and inevitable way of life. However, that still doesn't stop them from being made worse by these issues and complaining about them as well. There are a few bad apples in the Big Apple too, but there are also bad apples and chronic complainers everywhere.

But what about all the emergency workers who bravely sacrificed their lives in the face of a huge threat that day and what about thousands of other emergency workers and citizens of New York who faced the same peril that day and survived? These terrorists weren't content just to brutally tear down the Twin Towers and kill thousands of hard workers as they attacked the American Dream personified.

Keep in mind that when we remember September 11, we have to remember New York and the United States' response to that attack. The bravery, the unity, the poise that was displayed, and the love and human bonds that were formed. In place of the victims and the towers that fell on that bloody day, stood a united city and nation, united to seek justice against terrorism wherever it might run and hide. The Mall of the United States, the epicenter of commerce, fashion, entertainment, banking, publishing, and shipping, has come under attack, as has Freedom and Hope. Nonetheless, as always, we persevered.

Leaders like Mayor Giuliani have shown determination and poise. He guided the city through the horrors we have endured. Like it or not, he was a picture of leadership during this crisis. He didn't hesitate but remained calm and focused. He gave the city and the nation the stoic, purposeful face that needed to be seen in those days. What about the united police and rescue workers who lost friends and relatives, who stood together exhausted as the president gave them a speech and swore justice? What about the millions of New Yorkers who have given their time, energy and resources to help survivors get through the crisis?

It was not just New Yorkers who demonstrated the unity the country and the world felt in the wake of 9/11. In the Boston Red Sox's first home game after the sports world resumed as all professional sports ceased for days and weeks after September 11, thousands of Red Sox fans stood up and sang " New York, New York "to honor the victims of 9/11 and the citizens who survived. The fact that Boston fans, diehard fans of a team with a heated 100-year rivalry with the New York Yankees, would show such love and support for such a hated rival says a lot about this nation, his true feelings for his fellow citizens. , and his understanding of the real priority.

Many countries around the world have organized a unified moment of silence to honor the victims. Many countries have sent donations and assistance to help with the recovery. In New York City, like the rest of the United States and most countries around the world, humanity exists, even today. We must always remember this.

We must also always remember September 11, 2001. We must remember the 400 rescuers who gave their lives to save others to protect the symbol and ideal of hope, freedom and peace. pursuit of happiness. We must remember the brave passengers of Flight 93 who gave their lives to prevent the hijackers from reaching their goal. The famous last words of a heroic victim, Todd Beamer, who died aboard that plane were, "Are you ready? Let's go roll."

These words must not have been spoken in vain. Rolling means moving forward, taking action, and they take more context in regards to 9/11 and its true meaning than getting back on the plane. We must move forward and move forward. We must learn from the heroism shown by the victims, by New Yorkers and Americans during this tragedy and its aftermath. We must continue in the name of hope and freedom. We must continue to honor these victims. We must remember the unity, support, and love that New Yorkers and the nation shared. We must always remember and pay homage to the wreckage and destruction of the symbol of the American dream that used to be called the Twin Towers. We must always remember and pay tribute to the victims caught in this destruction and those who have passed away since, protecting the very American dream that the Twin Towers embodied. It’s the irony of it all. By destroying the symbol of freedom and the American way, the terrorists have failed completely. They united us in the name of these principles, strengthening our common bond. We must continue to build on this strength as we honor and remember those who died on September 11, 2001, and we must continue to win.

And America, are you ready to roll? Let's build on the American dream that the terrorists tried to destroy on September 11. Let us continue to protect and honor freedom, and to rule the world by our actions and actions, not by our words.

Let's go for a ride.

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