A Decade Passed

America memorializes the victims of 9/11 on its 10-year anniversary. 

A decade ago, on September 11, Americans witnessed the monstrosity of a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Mere minutes after this horrific shock America paradoxically united and separated. As citizens joined to mourn the losses of these attacks, they targeted the Islamic and other physically resembling ethnicities. Without doubt, the effects of this pivotal event are still felt today.

The ten-year commemoration of 9/11 has brought to surface information and views that had been suppressed from the public.  Video footage and recordings of passengers from the United Airlines Flights 93, 77, and 175 were released this past week. A new site, http://www.unheardvoicesof911.org, showcases videos taken by the victims from the aftermath of 9/11. Regardless of the consequences felt today, America grieves the great loss and remembers the heroism of passengers of the United Airlines flight 93.

On Sunday, Americans and the world gathered in moments of silence. The formal location of the World Trade Center towers now houses a monument, which was opened on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. President Barack Obama and former President George H. W. Bush appeared to pay their respects. Formal events were also held at the Pentagon building – also attended by President Obama – and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

AP English Language teacher, Mr. Breiger, reflects, “I hope all Americans feel that they’re part of the same country, though they may not act like it all the time.”

A resurged sense of unity and sorrow rekindled on 9/11/11.