9/11 – 10 Years On. Leave Your Message of Support
9/11 anniversary is this Sunday and we take a look back to pay tribute to those who lost their lives 10 years ago.
It is 10 years ago on Sunday that nearly 3,000 people lost their lives on that fateful day, 9/11/2001. I bet you can remember exactly where you were, what you were doing and with whom when you heard the news.
On 9/11, hijacked passenger planes flown by 19 religious extremists, under the influence of Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, hit the world trade center in New York. Another hijacked plane was deliberately crashed into the Pentagon.
A 4th plane disintegrated when it crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. The result of some 9/11 brave passengers who attempted to seize back control of their hijacked plane.
There were many other 9/11 heroes that day and for the days that followed.
Well over 300 fireman lost their lives on 9/11, they had gone into the buildings to evacuate others and do what they could to tackle the immediate dangers. They would not come out again.
Many of those looking back on 9/11 today talk about the frustration of being powerless to help those trapped inside.
A photographer taking pictures from a helicopter spoke about being unable to even attempt to airlift people from the roof of the twin towers. In order to stop suicides, the doors to the roof were always locked.
Although the day was a tragic one, showing the worst of a few. It also showed the best in many. Tales of compassion, courage and kindness abounded on 9/11.
Strangers helping strangers, emergency crews knowingly risking their own lives in order to help someone else. Aid, help and support pouring in from around the world.
It was not only in the United States that the pain of 9/11 was felt. British casualties made up the largest number of victims outside of the many US citizens, but people from over 90 countries died on 9/11, making up about 14% of the casualties.
9/11 is remembered every year all around the world. Just this week in London, the mayor Boris Johnson and former New York City Fire Commissioner, Thomas Von Essen, unveiled a sculpture by US artist Miya Ando. Standing 28ft tall it is made from 3 twisted remains of girders from the twin towers.
10 years on from 9/11, the repercussions still echo around the world. It seems that lives have been lost every single one of the 3,650 days since as a direct result of the 9/11 attacks.
Whether they are soldiers fighting in the so called ‘war against terror’, civilians caught in the cross-fire, or whether they just had too much exposure to the dust cloud that enveloped ground zero on 9/11.
But I wouldn’t want to end on that note, I would rather focus on the amazing people who did incredible things that day. To reflect, not on the way that victims died, but in how they lived their lives.
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