Friday, September 11, 2009

Remembering the Sept. 11 attacks the best way I know how

In summer 2007, the recently completed 7 World Trade Center gleams in the sunlight, a shining example of the United States' resilience to the Sept. 11 terrorists. It's too bad that the primary towers have not been rebuilt.

On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in an art class at Woodland High School in Baileyville, Maine, expressing my creativity in much different media from written words and photographic images. Then, I didn't really think I would become a journalist who covers these sorts of things. My whole, rather short story of what I was doing when thousands were killed in New York City, Pennsylvania and Arlington, Va., is here.

It's important for us not to forget an event that profoundly changed this nation forever. Sometimes, I wish we could go back to that day just to again experience that closeness between fellow citizens and between Americans and foreigners - even the French - who expressed sympathy and solidarity.

Of course, today, I remember things the best way I know how: through photos. I have shared similar images before on The Offlede, but these are a few I still have left over from a couple of trips to New York City during my time in 2007 as an intern at Newsday on Long Island.

A piece in the "Tiles for America" display near Greenwich Village in Manhattan remembers three individuals - Sarah, Sergey and Jennie - who died eight years ago at ground zero in New York City.

Makeshift memorials are present throughout the ground zero area, this one near the Deutsche Bank Building, which was damaged beyond repair and still stands in shambles. The process of deconstructing the building has caused many more casualties among New York firefighters.

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