September 11th – The Ninth Anniversary
Matt | On 13, Sep 2010
Saturday marked the ninth anniversary since the nation’s worst terrorist attack on domestic soil on September 11, 2001.
The day marked somber remembrances of the victims of the Trade Center attacks, the Pentagon strike, and the Pennsylvania plane crash. Names of the victims were read. Bells rang and moments of silence were held at the exact time of each phase of the multi-faceted attack.
President Obama spoke in Washington, D.C. against the backdrop of the Pentagon. First Lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, attended a memorial in Pennsylvania.
Of course, this anniversary is a bit different than previous ones. The mosque controversy in NYC has added an extra (and unnecessary) weight to what was already a heavy day. Protests for and against the mosque were held only blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center later on Saturday.
Admittedly, I spent part of the day like I’ve done most of the 9/11 anniversaries by allowing myself to watch documentaries related to the attacks. I try to divorce myself momentarily from the carnage and personal stories of that day. Watching people suffer is not my style.
Even nine years later, the footage is still so raw, real, and leaves me shaking my head. Still to this day I cannot believe that both of those towers fell onto the streets of New York. The magnitude of the disaster, even if the towers would have withstood the collapse, is unimaginable for me.
God bless the victims and their families.