Article & Photography by: M.Colon Photography
As we know this month marks the 10th year anniversary of one of the most tragic events to happen to America, the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center. On September 11 the world wakes up to its normal routine, not a care in the world, not knowing that on that Tuesday morning both flight 11 and flight 175 would be hijacked by a militant group from Al-Qaeda. That morning at 8:45 a.m. New York City’s tower 1 of the World Trade Center is hit with the first airplane, then later at 9:03 a.m. tower 2 is hit with another airplane. Not to ignore the 2 other hijacked airplanes that crash into the Pentagon and the other which was believe to set it targets to the white house, but was not successful due to the brave hearts of the American citizens on flight 93 who attempted to seize control of the plane after learning through phone calls that similarly hijacked planes had been crashed into the buildings that morning. Flight 93 would eventually crash into a field near Shanksville. Since this month started I made it my goal to find out more that I can about 9-11, from watching nothing but back to back stories from this day from so many individuals experience and point of view. Doing this story for sure brings chills down my spine, to hear that family members are missing days after the event took place, I can’t imagine what these people are going through. Cleanup of the World Trade Center was completed in May 2002, but the cleanup of the individuals who lost someone in that tragedy would never be completed. The firefighter, police officers, citizens who lost a friend or a family member will never get the feeling of holding that person again, but these people never lost hope. Granted this day was a big tragedy but also brought thousands of proud Americans together to dig through rubble, metal, smoke to find others that none of these people probably did not know. That is what makes this a memory the world will never forget, I will never forget. This attack had immediate and overwhelming effects upon the American people. Police and rescue workers from around the country took leaves and absence, traveling to New York City to help recover bodies from the twisted remnants of the Twin Towers. Blood donations across the U.S. surged in the weeks after 9-11. On October 7, 2001, the war in the Afghanistan began when U.S and British forces initiated aerial bombing campaigns targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda camps, from that day forward we are still in war with the Taliban people. Under the command of President Bush American troops would then go on countless amounts of missions trying to find the leader of the attacks on 9-11, Osama Bin Laden. There have been so many effects because of this tragedy such as, economic aftermath, health effects and government policies towards terrorism. Ten years later Osama Bin Laden was then killed by an elite navy team, on May 2, 2011, a mission ordered by current United States President Barack Obama with the help by a team of the United States Navy Seals. The raid on Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan was launched from Afghanistan. After the raid, U.S. forces took Bin Laden’s body to Afghanistan for identification, and then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death. This has given New York City great relief, when Barack Obama announce the death of Osama Bin Laden the streets around ground zero became flooded with thousands of happy people. Grateful that the man who almost took the hearts from every individual in this world not knowing if he will strike again, these people can now rest to sleep with comfort knowing that the world is safe again. I bring this story to the world from my heart, not by experience but putting myself in the shoes of those individuals who went through the tragic event. This is a dedication to those lost someone in the World Trade Center, to those firefighter, police officers, military troops and citizens who have put their life on the line to make sure this world is safe again. May god be with you all and the people you lost and thanks for all your help for turning this around and giving us such a peaceful mind to live with. You will never be forgotten!