Remembering

by ClearanceCharms

It’s hard to believe that 10 years has already passed since that terrible day.  At 8:46 a.m. ET United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center’s north tower.  In the moments (and months and years) that followed, thousands of lives were lost, just as many heroes were made and a country mourned as one.

Even now, three thousand six hundred and fifty days later, I still can’t write this post without crying.  Every photo, every sound bite, every quote from a survivor searching for a loved one makes me as emotional as it did ten years ago.  Some may be gripped with anger at those who caused this absolute destruction, and rightfully so.  I, however, can not seem to get past the terror that must have gripped the 2819 souls who suffered the worst fate.  No one should have to suffer as they did, and it is for them that my tears fall.

My intention is not for you all to join me in my sorrow, rather to remember that we are fortunate to be here.  Every day that we rise, we have the option to move forward or stay still.  Let us all make the most of our days for those who won’t get the opportunity.  Let us remember that while buildings were crashing down around them, men and women ran into the flames to try and save people they had never met.

Ten years have come and gone since that fateful day, but we can still remember to take care of one another.  Make the place you call home one of compassion, friendship and empathy.  I hope that we all have learned over the years to accept differences in our neighbors and to be greatful for what we have.

I hope you take some time today to reflect on the lives lost and how you can make the most of your own life.  Remember where you were that horrible morning… but instead of re-living the shock and anger, let’s remember how proud we felt to be Americans when every New Yorker came together in the rescue efforts.   I hope we can always rise to the occasion.  Let us make our lives stand for something meaningful; peace, compassion, courage.

 And most of all, let us remember that hope can get us through anything.

 

Ten years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the nation will pause and remember the fallen, the survivors, the first responders and all who helped the us move forward after the tragic events.

Join in a minute of silence at 10 a.m. PST Sunday to remember and reflect.

 The Ground Zero Memorial Today

9/11 by the numbers…

Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819

Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051

Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609

Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115

Estimated amount donated to 9/11 charities: $1.4 billion

Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

Percentage increase in CIA applications from 2001 to 2002: 50

Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000

 

Remember the heroes with us:

National Geographic’s Remembering 9/11 (some images in their gallery may be graphic but you are not taken directly there)

NYMag’s 9/11 Statistics

9/11 Memorial Site (includes touching photos of memorials worldwide)

Official 9/11 Comission Report

September 11 Digital Archive

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