This Sunday marked the commemoration of fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. A decade and a half has passed since those unprecedented attacks on American soil. A milestone for many, who wouldn’t have thought in those dark days that we would get this far.
The country spent the day together, silently commemorating those who lost their lives on September 11th. Family and loved ones who have not forgotten. Friends and coworkers that still remember those who were so swiftly taken away.
This weekend was one of recollection, of looking back and also, looking forward.
Ceremonies to Commemorate
The day was a day of commemoration across the country with different memorial ceremonies. There were special services at each of the individual spots where the planes crashed.
The attacks on 9/11 were four airplanes that crashed into three separate places. The World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City was one. The towers were hit twice by two different airplanes. The Pentagon in Washington, DC was another one. And another airplane crashed into a field near the small town of Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Almost 3000 men and women lost their lives that day. A day that will remain in the country’s memory.
There were several events in New York, one of them in Lower Manhattan. At the 9/11 Memorial a recitation took place. The names of those who were killed in 2001 were read out loud. The names of those who died in a terrorist attack in 1993 were also read. Those who read the names were family members of the victims.
Another event took place at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday. It was a memorial for the city’s firefighters. The Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio was in attendance and said a few words. “September 11, 2001 touched every single one of us”, he said. He continued by saying that no New Yorker succeeded in escaping the pain of 9/11. That all felt it and that it affected all. That, ultimately, everyone suffered.
The ceremony held in New York City had six separate moments of silence. Each one was timed for one of the events that took place that day. At 8:46 a.m the first of the two planes hit one of the two World Trade Center Towers. At 9:03 a.m, the second plane hit the other Tower.
Looking to the Future
This year there have been changes to the area. In March a new transit hub opened at The World Trade Center. In August, a shopping center opened. The project called The Westfield World Trade Center cost an estimated $1.4 billion.
This Thursday, officials in the city announced that there are plans to build a center for the performing arts. So far, it looks like the chairperson in charge of the project is going to be Barbra Streisand.
So visitors and those who came to pay their respects saw a new architectural landscape. One that looks to the future with hope. Moving on from the tragedy that was 9/11. While at the same time keeping a special place for the victims, first-responders and those touched by the events.
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