September 11, 2001: American Memoirals September 11 2015
The morning of September 11, 2001 two planes crashed into both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. In Washington, two men were successful in crashing a plane into the Southwest side of the Pentagon. Another plane from New Jersey was also hijacked, but one of the passengers was able to take control and crash the plane. It was carried out by 19 members of the extremist islamic group called al-Qaeda. Many people died that day, and we continue to remember those lost.
The way that Americans grieve bear an odd sense of creativity and constucivism. Cities are willing to pay for public art in memorial to the people who are lost. Americans almost demand memorials for any sort of historical event. 9/11 was definitely historical, and still haunting most of the population's minds. One of the ways we overcome sadness is by letting it go. If we put the sadness in a certain place or create a place for it, most people can be themselves again. They stop thinking about what make them sad or it doesn't make them as sad when they think about it.
This is essentially what Americans are doing when creating memorials. The sadness doesn't go away, but it is encapsulated in a place so we can keep moving forward.
Today we are going to remember those who left us the day of 9/11 even if most of the readers of this blog are too young to remember or to be alive during the event. Its important to understand that most of the living population still harvest the memories of where they were when September 11 pops up on their calendar.
Today we will look at the amazing works centered around the 9/11 attacks:
1. The 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
This memorial was created on site of the attacks: Ground Zero. Large square pools framed in the names of those lost covers the surface area of where each tower once stood. There is a new visitors center, and a museum close by.
Image belongs to www.911memorial.org
In Japanese Culture, folding 1,000 paper cranes make your wish come true. When Japanese School children folded 1,000 cranes and gave them to the owner of Nino's Restaurant to place on ground zero, people started doing the same. Now you can view all of the cranes at the 911 museum near ground zero.
This photo belongs to the 9/11 Museum and was taken by museum staff.
3. San Antonio's 110 Memorial Climb
This happens every year to remember those who died climbing the 110 floors of the crumbling buildings to rescue those who couldn't get out. The participants climb the stairs of the Tower of Americas with 393 tags representing the firefighter, 71 tags for each law enforcement official, and 9 tags for EMS personal.
Photo belongs to to the University of Texas System.