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Remembering the World Trade Towers and 9/11

Updated on June 3, 2013

The Twin Towers

The Twin Towers in lower Manhattan
The Twin Towers in lower Manhattan | Source

Those Beautiful World Trade Towers

They stood majestic and tall high above the skyline of Manhattan. So tall were they, it seemed as though, these amazon skyscrapers were stretching and reaching towards the sun.The solar reflection made these buildings glisten and twinkle by day. At night the lights seen through the windows were like a beacon that denoted the Wall Street area and and financial district of Manhattan.

As the tallest buildings in this metropolitan city, these structures would became a favored symbol of all that New York City embodies. They could be seen from almost any vantage point. Near and far, from 20 miles away in the suburbs to across the river in the next state, and from the air, the World Trade Towers were a significant landmark. Everyone was compelled to look at the Twin Towers and comment “there they are”, no matter how many times one had seen them before.

The Twin Towers Were Landmarks of Lower Manhattan

What the skyline of New York used to look like prior to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001
What the skyline of New York used to look like prior to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001 | Source

The Twin Towers Were Amazing to See

They were architectural wonders with a beauty that was scintillating to the sense of sight. From far away, their statuesque profile stood quietly confident and proud, as if they were painted on the horizon. From inside, views of the surrounding areas were spectacular. Up close, The World Trade Towers and all the buildings around them, were alive with the hustle and bustle, the comings and goings and the busyness that New York City is known for.

Men and women in business suits dominated the area, but others dressed in many different clothes, people young and old, tourists and New Yorkers by the thousands would walk in and out and by these buildings on a daily basis, with no one ever believing they would fall one day.

Watch the Construction of the Original World Trade Centers

The Day the Towers Fell

On Sept 11, 2001 the towers fell, downed by 2 airplanes piloted by terrorists that strategically hit the buildings, and causing them to fall. Never again would they stand tall against the backdrop of lower Manhattan. That day, those in the hijacked planes, people in the twin towers, New York City Firefighters, NYPD Police Officers, and emergency personnel, in addition to people at the Penagon in Washington D.C. and people on the doomed airline that crashed in Pennsylvania, became victims of what is now known as 9/11. Rescuers from miles away responded to the events as they were happening in Manhattan.

All That Was Left

After the collapse of The Twin Towers
After the collapse of The Twin Towers | Source

September 11

From my suburban town, 20 miles away, I saw our volunteer fireman with sirens wailing, racing through the local streets, knowing they were headed toward Manhattan in a vain attempt to help find survivors. Approximately 3,000 people never got to go home that day. Sept 11 is not over for us New Yorkers.

Everyday, more people get sick develop rare cancers, lung diseases and other illnesses as a result of the toxic air they were exposed to that day and from working in the area from the aftermath of Sept 11. I know many who lost their loved ones that day. I lost a friend who developed a quick spreading cancer as a result of running from the dust ball debris that was rolling down the street after Tower 2 fell. I know countless people who lost husbands, wives, sons, daughters, siblings and friends that day. Many were firefighter husbands, sons and fathers, some were police officers, some were paramedics, some were executives and office workers, and employees of companies that occupied the building. Some were there for a convention that was going on that particular day.

Every Year On the Anniversary of 9/11 the Bright Lights Can Be Seen from Miles Away

The lights commerate where the The Twin Towers once stood.
The lights commerate where the The Twin Towers once stood. | Source

Ground Zero will Be a Memorial

And there are others who lost their lives from working in the toxic air in recovery efforts. So many lives will never be the same. I have friends who still suffer from post traumatic stress even as we near a decade in time since this occurrence. Streets have been renamed for the rescuers who perished that day. Memorials exist in every town to remember the fallen. High Schools and Universities have built tributes to their graduates who never lived out their lives. Ground Zero, the area named where the World Trade Buildings once stood is first now being reconstructed as a memorial to all the victims of 9/11.

By the 10th anniversary, most of the memorial will be ready for visitors. By the 11th anniversary, a museum will be open to the public. The memorial is important for people to remember what happened that terrible day. With the demise of Bin Laden, another chapter is written, people call it closure. It is justice. Closure means things can be settled, a conclusion can be made and there is a finality to all this. For all the people affected by these terrorist acts, justice helps, but there is no finality. People just try to go on.

Ground Zero is the Location of Where The World Trade Towers Once Stood

Where The Twin Towers Once Stood
Where The Twin Towers Once Stood | Source
Rebuilding on the site of The Twin Towers 2006
Rebuilding on the site of The Twin Towers 2006 | Source
Building One World Trade Center in 2009
Building One World Trade Center in 2009 | Source
One World Trade Tower being constructed in 2012
One World Trade Tower being constructed in 2012 | Source

There Will Never Be Closure

No matter where you live in the world, this is not closure. Terrorism continues to be a threat to us all. Husbands, wives, children, parents, brothers, sisters friends, peers and others live their lives everyday, empty and cheated of the people who they lost that day. And for the people who ran for their lives on 9/11 and survived, they live with the memories of a war like atmosphere they bore witness to. There will never be closure. For the rest of us New Yorkers, who remember those majestic towers, the image of those buildings, the memories of the people we knew, of the stories we hear from the people we meet, of the friends we continue to comfort, this is not closure.

When I drive down a street and suddenly see a bronze or stone statue unassumingly sitting in tribute, I know from a distance it is a memorial to 9/11 victims. Often I am compelled to stop, look and read the names. It is the least I can do. When I turn a corner and the I see the red street signs for fallen firefighters, I remember those who bravely gave their lives.

The local news still reports about people who succumbed to illnesses they acquired shortly after Sept 11. Those stricken with illnesses are fighting to get help with their medical expenses. Some with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) are able to put their lives back together, even though they don’t sleep well. Some can’t go back to Lower Manhattan. Some will never be the same. Sept 11 is not over for us New Yorkers. Many of these victims will never be included in a memorial. There will never be closure.

New Yorkers Are Still Impacted By 9/11 and Will Be for Many More Years

I was little when the World Trade Center was first constructed. My only recollections of the Manhattan skyline always had included the Twin Towers. We can all recall the day they fell. For me, I think back and remember my friends. I can still see the Twin Towers standing tall in my memory. I feel for all who were directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. I never know who I am going to meet who will tell me about who they knew and lost on that day or how their life has changed forever. In the years since 9/11 people continue to be affected, more than the media shows, more than it appears from the construction of the memorial being built, more than written words can say.

Watch 3-D Model of Ground Zero Memorial


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    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Hugh, thanks for your kind comments. Void in the skyline is correct. It is what is not there that says so much. I hope the new buildings don't fill the gap though. I feel for all those people who lost their loved ones, nothing can fill their gap, their loss. I hope the new memorial helps everyone remember and honor all those affected. I don't want the new buildings to symbolize that anything or anyone can be replaced.

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      Hugh Williamson 6 years ago from Northeast USA

      I loved this Hub.

      I had occasion to visit the WTC many times about 20 yrs ago. I never thought that the buildings were architecturally interesting, but now that they're gone, the Manhattan skyline has a big void in it. Lets hope the new tower will fill that gap.

      Great piece of writing.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Jo, It is sad. Someone told me today, 9/11 changed things in so many ways that will never ever be the same.

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      jojokaya 6 years ago from USA

      I have visited the ground zero. Very sad...

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Dim, Thank you so much for stopping by and reading. I am glad you got the point of this article. So many people do not understand what 9/11 has done to so many people's lives. The effects will continue for a long time to come. Thank you for your kind words and I so appreciate your comments.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 6 years ago from Great Britain

      That was a wonderful pice of work. l salute you!!

      l had no idea about the problems suffered from breathing in the aftermath. How silly l feel to not think of it.

      You touched my heart by he way you wrote this.

      Thank you.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Betty, Thanks for your compassionate comments. It is nice to know you remember 9/11.

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      Betty Johansen 6 years ago

      The twin towers were awesome! It is impossible to imagine the savagery, stupidity and arrogance it would take to even consider destroying them. The rest of the country hasn't had to live with the pain and the reminders of 9/11 that you New Yorkers have, but there will always be a stab of pain in all our hearts when we think of that ghastly day.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi RT, I would like it very much for our hubs to be linked. I will link yours to mine too. I wrote this because I am pleased that people are sharing their thoughts and I hope this hub becomes a place for people to share their thoughts and experiences.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you posted this hub. The comments it has generated are worth reading and is a wonderful open opportunity for others to contribute their input and/or share their experiences.

      I would like to link this hub to my Little Known 911 Memorials hub, if you have no objection. Thank you.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Amillar, Thanks for your compassionate comments. It does help to know that in some way the many people affected are thought about.

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      amillar 6 years ago from Scotland, UK

      This is an interesting and well-done tribute to your fellow New Yorkers. All over the World, we should take time to remember those whose lives changed so drastically that day - especially those brave fire fighters.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Pdog, Love is certainly better than hate. If only life mirrored Disneyland more, than the world would be a better place. Thank you for your compassionate comments. I am sure it helps people who continue to suffer to know they at least are not alone, nor are their loved ones forgotten about.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi B, Thanks for sharing your kind thoughts. I am sorry for the friend you lost. I hope this hub lets people know how many people are still affected from 9/11 events. I am glad you shared your thoughts.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Samiaali,

      I am so sorry for what you have gone through. I hope you continue to feel stronger. I wrote this hub for people just like you. There are so many countless victims from the terrible evil that was done to this city. Please keep sharing your feelings. I think the world needs to know.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi Someone, Your theories are very interesting and plausible. We will never know the truth, but there is something to it, I think.

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      (cont...)and we can live in a world of love and light where love and compassion is a universal activity! Thanks TKI.

    • profile image 6 years ago

      It is terrible to think this could have happened - so many innocent lives affected for so many years, people living with this trauma and the anxiety and the painful reminders that continue - I just hope the thinking and blind vengeance that led to this has passed.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      What a wonderful, breathtaking Hub my friend. We lost a dear friend during 9/11...a young vibrant, woman, who will always be remembered as well as all the others. The picture and research you've done are excellent. We as Americans shall never forget this time in our History. Thank you Toknowinfo.

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      samiaali 6 years ago

      Hello toknowinfo, I tragedy of Sept 11th affected me greatly as I was working across the street from the World Trade Center when we were attacked. I used to work at One Liberty Plaza (the building was used as a morgue right after the attacks) and was living in NJ at the time. I used to come in on the 8:45 am Path Train from Journal Square in Jersey City, buy my breakfast inside the Tower and then go across the street to work. I truly believe that I have a guardian angel watching over me because I took that day off to take my mother to a doctor's appointment. Luck or fate - I don't know which it was! All I know is that I should have been there but was not.

      However, my whole life changed as I became so depressed I could not continue to work in the building afterward. Bin Laden had a great effect on my life, and so I am very happy that he finally got what he deserved.

      And I am even happier that he was thrown into the cold ocean. A watery grave - it couldn't happen to a better guy. I hope the big fishes take many bites out of him til there is nothing left!

      I am sorry that I have gone on this way. I guess the feelings are still festering.

      Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for a wonderful Hubpage.

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I don't doubt it was planned that way

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I don't doubt it

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Did you also hear about the chief of air traffic control operations at the FAA headquarters in Virginia, Ben Sliney? His first day on the job was Sept 11, 2001. Cheney told him to not make any decisions for anything unless Cheney told him to. Sliney tried to reach Cheney but couldn't so it was Sliney who decided to ground all the planes. Maybe more than just a coincidence that this is the guy's first day.

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      someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I know it's been painful for many Newyorkers to have experianced the attacks of the twin towers.I can't help but wonder why the workers that cleaned up after the towers fell were told that the air was safe to breathe when it obviously was not.An example of incompetence n the part of government or just another reason to suspect some kind of coverup? The steel from the buildings was quickly hauled away and watched over by some authoritative group that wasn't allowing any pictures to be taken.Why? What possible reason could their be for doing that? People who are experts in building construction say those buildings couldn't have come down the way they did without some other reason besides those planes hitting them or a fuel source that gets hot enough to melt structual steel that was supposedly insulated from heat that high.Then there's firemen in Newyork that say they all heard explosions right before the towers fell.More than one.

      No one wants to believe that people in their government would want to cover up pertinent information ,but it appears they do.