11 September, 2011

Ten Years On

Four passenger jets were hijacked on September 11, 2001, 9/11/01.

American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 08:46. United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower at 09:03. American Airlines Flight 77 reached the Pentagon at 09:37. United Airlines Flight 93 did not succeed and crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03, for its passengers tried to regain control of the plane as it headed for Washington D.C.

The South Tower collapsed after burning for 59 minutes. The North Tower collapsed after 102 minutes, and 7 World Trade Center fell after it was damaged by debris and consequent fires.

2,996 people died on 9/11. All were civilians, except for 55 military personnel at the Pentagon.

It has changed things. The United States of America is not exactly the same country it was before the attacks, and I think it is impossible to return. It opened up a new set of thinking in this country, and in other nations, that perhaps we are not so safe.

Because of 9/11, there have been a series of changes, from the beginning of two wars to the attitude toward Muslims.

But it has been ten years. Whether the events following the attacks were for better or for worse, and whether or not we are any safer today: the USA should not forget 9/11.

To mark those locations where the four planes crashed, several memorials have been set.

There are now two reflection pools in the footprints of the North and South Towers, a memorial called Reflecting Absence. Surrounding them are the names of those who died.

At the Pentagon, 184 benches face the building, and there is a memorial where Flight 77 crashed inside.

A memorial for Flight 93 is planned, the current design called Crescent of Embrace.

And at this moment, One World Trade Center is being built, expected to be finished by 2013.


-----The Golden Eagle


Old Kitty said...

These are beautiful memorials. My thoughts and prayers to all. Take care

Marie Rearden said...

No one can steal our memories. Beautiful tribute.

Marie at the Cheetah

Donna Hole said...

A haunting tribute. Thanks for sharing all the memorial sites and methods.

The world has indeed been changed by this tragedy.


Melissa Bradley said...

Beautiful, moving tribute.

This country really has changed. Mostly for the worse, unfortunately. Who knows, given enough time, perhaps these terrible changes that have come about will go away.

Sarah Pearson said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wonderful tribute, Golden.

Rob-bear said...

Great post, indeed, Eagle. Sadly, our responses (and I include those of Canada in here) have not been positive.
We still haven't learned.

Memzie said...

Beautiful memorials, indeed!!!

Heather said...

Our nation changed that day and it's important that we never forget it. I remember strangers talking to me, people thanking veterans, military personnel, firefighters, and police officers. I will always cherish the unity that came from such a tragedy. It has made us stronger.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle .. so glad you were able to post such evocative photos .. Hilary

Charles Gramlich said...

Sometimes there's an upside to being naive. We live in a brave new world now.

Emily Rose said...

Beautiful post, Golden.

The Golden Eagle said...

Old Kitty: And my thoughts as well.

Marie: No, they cannot.

Thank you!

Donna: You're very welcome.

Melissa: Thank you.

There's always hope that they will.

Sarah: You're welcome!

Alex: Thank you!

Rob-bear: Thanks.

Not completely. It has made people more aware--but some of the responses have not been such a good thing.

Memzie: The designs are amazing. They had some talented people create the memorials.

Heather: It is definitely important.

Hilary: It adds another kind of reality, to see photos of the towers and buildings before they were hit. A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

Charles: Brave--but not necessarily wiser, unfortunately.

Emily: Thank you.