Thursday, September 9, 2021

One World Trade Center celebrates America's endurance, optimism on solemn 20th anniversary of 9/11


The sound and sight of running water provide comfort and reminder to family, friends and
visitors at the new Tower One memorial in New York's financial district. Each of the nearly
3,000 victims of the 9-11 terrorist attack is remembered with a rose on his or her birthday.   

The new tower stands proudly where the Twin Towers were.


Bruce Keller pays his respects at the stone slab
monuments in the 9/11 Memorial Glade.



THE HORRORS of September 11, 2001, will never vanish. But the beautiful new tower, sturdy stone slabs, soothing water and engraved names of victims help ease the pain of atrocities committed by terrorists on that sunny autumn day 20 years ago. 

We've twice visited the new One World Trade Center and are moved by the reverence people pay as they view the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City. 
One WTC is the tallest building in the United States, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the sixth-tallest in the world. Its 104 stories tower a symbolic 1,776 feet above sea level, providing a symbol of hope for many U.S. citizens and people around the world.
ONE WORLD Trade Center (nicknamed 1WTC) stands for the unwavering optimism of our country, which continues to look forward and dream big. The stone slab monuments, named the 9/11 Memorial Glade, recognize "the health impact of 9/11 that caused cancer, death and disabilities." Many have perished or are still suffering from their contact with smoke and toxic debris.
Earlier visit recalled
As a reminder of the horror: On a perfect autumn morning, September 11, 2001, members of the Islamic extremist group Al Qaeda coordinated four attacks using hijacked commercial airliners in the United States. Four planes crashed, killing scores of innocent people going about their normal lives.

One World Trade Center stands a symbolic
1,776 feet high, representing American spirit.
Family and friends of the martyred
victims take photos or shoot film.
First, the two iconic towers fell. The Pentagon sustained major damage from a third plane. A fourth plane went down in Pennsylvania, diverted by a heroic group of passengers.  Nearly 3,000 victims lost their lives. Countless more suffered immediate injuries and long-term health issues.
Memorials sprung up and lasted for months
 on the streets of New York. Visitors to the new
monument also leave flowers and notes which
are archived for the nearby museum. 

ON OUR SECOND visit a few weeks ago, we paid our respects in preparation for this week's solemn 20th anniversary of the attacks. We saw parents, children, spouses and friends gently touching the beautiful granite engravings, surrounded by flowing water. Many wiped tears. According to architect Michael Arad, the pools represent “absence made visible.” Although water flows into the voids, he said, "They can never be filled." The sound of the cascading water makes the pools a place of tranquility and contemplation separate from the bustling noises of the city. Names of the 2,983 people killed in the 2001 and 1993 terrorist attacks are inscribed on bronze parapets edging the pools. Nearby, the 9/11 Memorial Museum's permanent collection extends the moving experience.  One sees an unsettling repository of material evidence, primary testimony, and historical records. Again, many people were weeping.
THE 9/11 attacks changed America, and the world, forever. May we long remember.
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  1. Great job on a tough story. So many scars. Well done.

  2. A poignant story, beautifully illustrated. Thank you.

  3. We must never forget. Never.

  4. So important to continue to remind us. Terrific story and poignant photos.

  5. Remembering in Red LodgeSeptember 13, 2021 at 7:29 AM

    Excellent reminder of sacrifice and the sorrowful deeds of evil.