September 11, 2011 by USA Post
The Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan, the ancient symbols of American capitalism, are being replaced by skyscrapers now under construction and, more importantly, a new 9 / 11 memorial that symbolizes the inconsolable grief of this place and serves as a cry of war for the words, “Never forget.”
There is a saying not know where to go until you know where you’ve been. We all know where we were on 9 / 11. Today we commemorate and salute and pay tribute to the victims and heroes, also look to the future and how we live our lives 10 years later.
Thousands gather in Lower Manhattan on Sunday to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the attacks on America. The crowd pressed close to the new memorial: Chundera Epps, whose brother was on the 98th floor of the north tower.
“When it comes to family gatherings, when the pain comes in the first Thanksgiving was all we did mourn, could not even eat,” said Epps.
Some in the crowd wore T-shirts with pictures of those who perished in the attacks, or carried placards with photos and the words “never forget”. Others carried small American flags.
Elias Portillo, 17, whose father was killed in the attack, said she never wanted to attend the anniversary because I thought I would be angry. But this was different, he said.
“It’s time to be a big boy,” said Elias. “It’s time to let things stop you. Breakthrough time just go out and see how things are.”
Political figures who attend are President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush.
Standing at the white oak of the new September 11 memorial, Obama read Psalm 46 from the Bible, after a moment of silence at 8:46 am, when the first plane hit the north of the World Trade Center the tower a decade ago.
“God is our refuge and strength,” the psalm. “He lives in his hometown, does wonderful things and says be still and know that I am God.”
Earlier, Obama and former President George W. Bush bowed their heads in the trade center site and ran their hands over bronze engraved names of the victims of the attack.
Obama and Bush were joined by their wives as they approached one of the two reflecting pools built over the footprints of the towers, part of a September 11 memorial was going to open later in the day to the families of the victims.
The president and the former president hugged relatives after and spoke to dignitaries, including Bloomberg, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and the governors of New York and New Jersey.
Bloomberg, the opening of the commemoration ceremony, said: “Although we can not see what happened here, we can also see that children who lost their parents have become young adults … Good works are rooted in public service .. ”
The ceremony began at 8:30 am with a moment of silence 16 minutes later – that matches the exact moment the first tower of World Trade Center was beaten by a hijacked plane.
And then, one by one, reading the names of 2977 dead on September 11 – New York, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. The first was “Gordon M. Aamoth, Jr.”
It includes the names of 37 fellow Lieutenant Patrick Lim of the police department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Lim, assigned to patrol the mall with an explosives detection dog, who came to the North Tower after it was beaten to help evacuate the workers. He and some others still survived despite being in a stairwell on the fifth floor when the building collapsed.
In subsequent years, Lim said he has struggled with the guilt of widowhood. He took refuge in selective memory, visualizing the ground covered with women’s shoes in the midst of destruction. “That’s how I got it because it was attached to the shoes was much worse,” said Lim.
The 10th anniversary has been forced to review Lim experience was concerned that many people have pushed their minds. But the focus of ceremonies on Sunday, has convinced him of the value of revisiting the September 11, both for himself and others.
When it happened, talking about the events of that day “was not easy for me. This was very difficult. … But it became a catharsis,” he said. “I just want people to remember what happened.”
As the names were read, victims’ families came to the names carved in stone on the monument.
Many tears, others simply looked bleak. Others showed little emotion at all – almost seem to tourists visiting a memorial.
Most have two things in common, besides the terrible fate that brought them together here: All seemed to want to take pictures of the names of their loved ones, “and touched the words on the stone, pressing her palms to them or management of your fingers gently over the letters.
Others used pencils and paper to make prints of the names, so you can bring home a piece of the memorial with them.
Hundreds of ceremonies at the New York area, across the country and around the world – a Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York for a ceremony with nine stories tall, the replicas of the twin towers in a square Paris – is being held to commemorate the anniversary of September 11.
The ceremony of Sunrise in Battery Park showcasing the poetry and musical performances. Tribute in Queens Park, a piece of steel from the World Trade Center was being revealed.
At the end of the day, volunteers at Bryant Park to record what visitors say they want the world to remember September 11 as part of an artist project.
In Newtown, Connecticut, retired American Stock Exchange floor broker Howard Lasher planned a ceremony Sunday morning under a canopy of maple trees six feet with his gravel driveway, their trunks are painted to resemble an American flag .
Lasher commissioned the painting as a tribute to nine companions and the son of another who died inside the mall.
“I wanted something that would reach people, people do not forget,” said Lasher.
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