Remembering the 9/11 Twin Towers Attack
Eleven years had passed since the bombing of the twin towers in New York City. September 11, 2001 was a momentous day to all New Yorkers when two hijacked planes crashed to the two skyscrapers resulting to an eventual collapse. Nearly 3,000 were reported dead.
I was only eleven years old when such dire event happened. The scenes I saw on the television during the live media coverage are still fresh in my memory. It seems that it only happened yesterday.
Osama bin Laden admitted that he was behind the attack on the twin towers and other areas in the US. Although he first denied such allegation, some videos about him admitting the 9/11 attacks as his responsibility were recovered by the US Intelligence. Bin Laden was the founder of the Al Quaeda which is an international revolutionary Islamic group operating as a network involving both a cosmopolitan, outlawedmilitary and a radical Sunni Muslim movement. Al Quaeda had not only been responsible to the September 11 attacks but also to numerous other suicide bombings reported in other countries. Bin Laden had been most wanted by the American government for several years prior to his assassination in 2011.
The events left a lasting mark on the lives of those who had direct experience of the collapse of the twin towers. The number of deaths displayed the ruthless impact of such event. The horror painted on the faces of the people who were there remained imprinted in their hearts and minds.
One of the realities during the event felt by the people was the difficultyof acceptingthepassing of a loved one in the twin tower attacks. For those who had family members and friends who were among the reported casualties, it was so easy to wake up if it all were a dream. But it wasn’t.
It is not unlikely if those people would feel resentments towards those who were responsible of the attacks. However, eleven years had already come by. Everything is now a part of everyone’s memories. Collecting the shared experiences of some Filipino people who were there when the twin towers collapsed was like experiencing the same horror they felt. But the good thing behind the dire experiences they got was the acceptance that such things could really happen to people. The least thing to do according to them was to move on. For eleven years, the survivors had tried to cope and move on and some are still doing so. Many of them say that moving on is just there but the memory will still linger and continually remind them of how eventualities can be such painful and threatening.
By: Jed Paolo A. Cairo
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