Remembering September 11, 2001

by Bethany Montgomery

What is 9/11?

September 11, 2001 was a date that no one will ever forget. It was a very historical day that brought America to sorrow. Fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001, or 9/11, happened when four passenger aircrafts were hijacked. These airlines were hijacked by Islamic terrorists who carried out suicide attacks against US targets. Two of these airplanes were flown into the Twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, one was flown into the Pentagon located in Washington, DC, and the fourth was crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.

What Is Ground Zero?

Ground Zero has several different meanings. This term generally means “a place where any explosion took place,” or “the epicenter of an earthquake.” Since September 11, 2001, however, this expression became associated with the events that occurred on that day. But today “Ground Zero” is considered to be the new beginning when the world started living a different reality and not being so oblivious to that fact that anything can happen. Everything can change a split second without having a way to stop it. This also directly means when the World Trade Center was first built and the level at which the buildings ceased to exist as firefighters and first responders began to clear the rubble and debris as they searched for survivors and people who did not make it out of the tragedy alive.

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How Are The Dead Remembered?

A 9/11 Memorial was built in honor of those who died on this historical date. It is tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people who died. This memorial also included the six people who died in the World Trade Center bombing in February of 1993. The 9/11 Memorial Plaza is around an acre in size and features the largest manmade waterfalls in North America. These pools sit in the footprints of where the Twin Towers once stood. This was constructed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker. They created the memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations. This memorial includes every single person’s name who was tragically killed in the the 2001 and 1993 attacks. These names are inscribed into bronze panels surrounding these gigantic pools.

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A 9/11 Memorial Museum was also built to remember those killed. This serves as the country’s principal institution for examining the significance of the events of 9/11. This also documents the impact of those events and explores the continuing significance of September 11, 2001.The museum is 110,000 square feet of exhibition space. This building is located within the archaeological heart of the World Trade Center site that tells the story of 9/11 through displays, archives, narratives, and a collection of monumental and authentic artifacts. The lives of every victim of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will be observed and remembered as visitors have the opportunity to learn about the men, women, and children who died. The monumental artifacts present intimate stories of loss, compassion, reckoning, and recovery that are central to telling the story of the attacks and the aftermath.

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