9-11 Memorial Page

September 11, 2002


One Year Later -- In Memoriam:

WTC

WTC 1 & 2, August 2001

 

Customs House

WTC and Custom's House, August 2001

 

9-11 Reflections

--Eric Trachtenberg

9-11 makes me think about all those who died and how a country changed in just a few hours.  I also remember how I lost a place I loved since childhood.  Since I was young, the Twin Towers symbolized a fantasy world where even the heavens could be conquered.  Seen from the eyes of one so small, the towers were simply just too tall to be believed.  The buildings' metal frames and the futuristic plaza beneath looked like something out of science fiction.  Just more than one month before the World Trade Center came down, I was in New York.  Even though it was raining, I still made a point of going to the top of the World Trade Center.  I didn't realize that it would be my last time.   

When faced with tragedy, we always try to find hope or to learn something.  For some, especially those who lost family or friends, this will be be especially hard -- and each person will need to find their own way to deal with the losses.  For me, 9-11 reminds me that life is precious -- and we should make the most of it.  It also reminds me that evil is contagious.  It's impossible to wall our selves off from it.  If disease, environmental catastrophe or oppression exists in one place, it will eventually spread.  9-11 grew out of bad government and a perverted variant of a great world religion.  We need to do better. 

We remember the fallen best both by living well and helping others make their dreams come true.

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