Today is September 11th, and all they're showing on tv is footage from the day.
It's just as upsetting to watch it now as it was that day. It's one of the three times I've ever looked at the tv with my hands cupping my mouth-just in shock. The only other times I've done that were when I saw 'The Pianist' scene with the man in the wheelchair, and when we saw New Orleans just devastated by Hurricane Katrina/Ike(My family hails from there, so it was very close to our hearts).
-My sis and I were talking earlier about where we were when we heard about the crashes.- Here's MY Experience-When I heard that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center, I was sitting in a Senior level English class and the principal said it over the intercom. We thought it was a joke-including my teacher. But- She got onto the computer, and they had videos playing of it-And then we saw the second one hit live-It was shocking and I was worried for all of the families who would wait in vain for their loved ones to come home. I remember seeing on the live news shows- people jumping from the floors above the fires because there was no way out-I remember seeing two people holding hands as they fell -That was almost worse than the seeing the towers crumble.
There are tragedies happening all over the world every day, and I know this one moment in the relatively easy lives of most Americans is probably insignificant when you think of things that others go through. 9/11 was difficult for the every day American like me because we are-by the luck of the draw-living in a country that does not experience this kind of thing often-and that almost makes me a little ashamed-that we don't have to worry about being hurt and can focus on less important things while others live in fear. BUT- The more I think on it, the less life makes sense. The people who have been through the worst things in the world are not the ones who have an outlet to help them deal-like I have this computer.
It seems that there a few people in all countries who do malicious things and build walls between us. We would do good as people sharing the Earth to know that it's not the every day person who is wanting to hurt you-it's not the soldiers, or different races and religions that are wanting to hurt you--It's small groups of people who are bombarding their minds with hate, greed, or power.
It's become a tradition in New York for 2 days to shine these 2 beautiful beams of light to honor those who died on September 11. The "Tribute in Light" is made up of 88 lights and takes a full month to install my friend told me. It was created in 2002 by artists Julian LaVerdiere and Paul Myoda, architects John Bennett and Gustavo Bonevardi of PROUN Space Studio, architect Richard Nash Gould, and lighting designer Paul Marantz and produced by the Municipal Art Society and Creative Time. The lights go on at sunset and then will fade away at dawn on September 12. Click HERE to see a 360 degree view of the lights!
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE TOWERS FELL? And/Or Was there a tragedy that touched you-your family-your country-or your heart?