9-11-01, Never Forgotten

9-11-01, Never Forgotten

Laura Mallon, Reporter

Maybe you remember that normal, September day 10 years ago. I was only three years old, so at the time I had no clue what was going on. The day has stuck with everyone for a decade now and will stick with America forever.

It is a day no New Yorker or American will ever forget. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsed in only two hours after two planes were hijacked and flown into each tower. Along with the attack on the Twin Towers, a hijacked plane had also hit the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. A fourth plane was heading towards Washington, D.C., but our brave American citizens attacked the hijackers and who crashed the plane in an open field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania saving anyone at the destined target.
Osama bin Laden took credit to be the leader behind the attacks. After 10 long years of searching, U.S.A. Navy Seals and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) killed bin Laden on May 2, 2011. It was a great victory for Americans and many thought justices had been served. Unfortunately, the killing of bin Laden could not get back the nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken on 9/11.

This year on September 11th, the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the 9/11 Memorial opened for the families of the brave men and women whose lives were taken. The memorial opened to the public on September 12 along with the 9/11 museum also coming in September.

The opening of the memorial was a truly touching ceremony. Each individual whose life was lost was honored. Speeches from friends and family members were made, giving anyone the chance to speak. The memorial complete with two reflecting pools is truly a place of remembrance.

September 11, 2001 is a day that will always be remembered across the United States. It is a day when we should honor all the men and women whose lives were so randomly taken. It is the day that changed the New York City skyline, forever.