Remembering 9/11: Twelve Years Later


Visitors stroll the grounds near one of the pools at the 9/11 memorial plaza in the World Trade Center site in New York
Visitors stroll the grounds near one of the pools at the 9/11 memorial plaza in the World Trade Center site in New York

A lthough more than a decade has passed since the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, the tragedy still has a major impact on most Americans. In this week’s edition of The Savannah Tribune we will share reflections from local residents and the latest developments involving the New

Virginia Morrison, Retired Educator “September 11, 2001 was one of the most critical days of my life. My nephew worked at the Pentagon. I was at school when the news broke and the first person that came to mind was my nephew. Oh My God, Chris...As God would have it, he wasn’t at work that day. Then I prayed for the others who had lost loved ones.”
Virginia Morrison, Retired Educator “September 11, 2001 was one of the most critical days of my life. My nephew worked at the Pentagon. I was at school when the news broke and the first person that came to mind was my nephew. Oh My God, Chris…As God would have it, he wasn’t at work that day. Then I prayed for the others who had lost loved ones.”
York site of the attacks.

As the United States prepares to observe the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks , experts note that the incident changed how many Americans view their security and standing in the world. It continues to have a significant physiological impact on many people.

Jamal Barrow, Master Sgt. U. S. Air Force “What happened on 9/11 totally changed the way Americans live. No one ever thought something like that would happen here. Although some good came of it. Americans took on a spirit of patriotism understanding that we are all in this together.”
Jamal Barrow, Master Sgt. U. S. Air Force “What happened on 9/11 totally changed the way Americans live. No one ever thought something like that would happen here. Although some good came of it. Americans took on a spirit of patriotism understanding that we are all in this together.”
In a leading study conducted by the University of Michigan and published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress, researchers confirmed that the 9/11 attacks had a major impact on the psychological processes of people not directly exposed to the event. “Studies have shown that the 9/11 attacks
James Roberts III, Football Coach and Trainer “I was a student at Savannah Tech and I was in class. The news came and they stopped class and turned on the television. I thought ‘this can’t be real’. Then to learn it was an act of terrorism. I had never heard of anything like that happening in America. At the same time, the country united.”
James Roberts III, Football Coach and Trainer “I was a student at Savannah Tech and I was in class. The news came and they stopped class and turned on the television. I thought ‘this can’t be real’. Then to learn it was an act of terrorism. I had never heard of anything like that happening in America. At the same time, the country united.”
resulted in a wave of stress and anxiety across the United States,” said University of Michigan professor Ivy Tso.

The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World

Hurley Ryan (Left) “I was at work as an Insurance Agent. I have a friend who worked in the Twin Towers. Finally I got the word that his children had been sick the night before and he got very little sleep himself. He overslept the next morning, took a subway to work. As he arrived, he witnessed the plane flying into his building. Out of 300 people in his office, approximately 35 survived. He often asks, ‘What if I had been on time?’” Ousmane Diarra, Fitness Trainer (Right) “I was a night auditor at a local hotel. I got off from work at 7am. I went home and straight to bed. I did not awake until 2pm. I turned on the television and thought I was watching a movie. I could not believe it happened in America.”
Hurley Ryan (Left) “I was at work as an Insurance Agent. I have a friend who worked in the Twin Towers. Finally I got the word that his children had been sick the night before and he got very little sleep himself. He overslept the next morning, took a subway to work. As he arrived, he witnessed the plane flying into his building. Out of 300 people in his office, approximately 35 survived. He often asks, ‘What if I had been on time?’” Ousmane Diarra, Fitness Trainer (Right) “I was a night auditor at a local hotel. I got off from work at 7am. I went home and straight to bed. I did not awake until 2pm. I turned on the television and thought I was watching a movie. I could not believe it happened in America.”
Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.

The Memorial’s twin reflecting pools are each nearly an acre in size and feature the largest man-made waterfalls in the North America.

Susie Harvey, Fitness Trainer “The terroristic act of 9/11 reminded me to hold my family close. Also to treasure the freedoms we have in our country. I gained special respect for our First Responders across the country. It was certainly a wake up call on what can happen in the twinkling of an eye.”
Susie Harvey, Fitness Trainer “The terroristic act of 9/11 reminded me to hold my family close. Also to treasure the freedoms we have in our country. I gained special respect for our First Responders across the country. It was certainly a wake up call on what can happen in the twinkling of an eye.”
The pools sit within the footprints where the Twin Towers once stood. Architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker created the Memorial design selected from a global design competition that included more than 5,200 entries from 63 nations. The names of every person who died in
Herbert Goodwin, Jr. “I had just completed basic training at Paris Island for the Marine Corp. I went on leave in Yamasee, S.C. on September 7, 2001. The attacks happened on September 11 and my leave got cut short and I was shipped off Meredian, MS. MOS training for deployment.”
Herbert Goodwin, Jr. “I had just completed basic training at Paris Island for the Marine Corp. I went on leave in Yamasee, S.C. on September 7, 2001. The attacks happened on September 11 and my leave got cut short and I was shipped off Meredian, MS. MOS training for deployment.”
the 2001 and 1993 attacks are inscribed into bronze panels edging the Memorial pools, a powerful reminder of the largest loss of life resulting from a foreign attack on American soil and the greatest single loss of rescue personnel in American history.

For more information on the 9/11 Memorial visit 911memorial.org.



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