Two towers of light now illuminate the Manhattan skyline. 6 months ago that space was occupied by the towering World Trade Center. Things have changed.
Last Sunday CBS aired the first footage from inside the towers during the attack. The footage brought a new level of terror to an already frightening situation. The film, shot by two French filmmakers who were documenting the life of a rookie fireman, was opposed by many of the families who had lost someone in the attacks. The film was then carefully edited to remove fatalities and any scenes showing explicit gore.
It was a reminder that what happened wasn’t a dream but an ongoing nightmare. So much has changed over the past six months that it is becoming hard to keep track. The anthrax scares, which consumed and horrified the nation, are old news. The hope that we will capture bin Laden tomorrow and put an end to this war is gone. Reality has set in, this war will not end overnight. And an innocent journalist was captured and brutally murdered. These are not situations that we expected to be dealing with at the end of last summer.
No matter, here we are. Soon we will be remembering the one-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. What will happen between now and then is unforeseeable. But we can go into the next six months with a sense of optimism. The Untied States has pulled together and has showed, once again, why it is the strongest country in the world.
A bronze statue that stood outside of the Twin Towers has been made into a temporary memorial for the victims of 9-11.
On Monday, a moment of silence was lead by Mayor Bloomberg in New York City at 8:46 am, the exact time the first plane slammed into the first tower. Another moment of silence was held at 9:03, the time of the second attack. The towers of light were switched on Monday night by 12 year old Valerie Webb, an orphan, and will remain lit until April 13.
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