Remembering 9/11 Through Moving Photographs

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I was in New York a month after the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. The city seemed more quiet than I remember. Somber.

As I walked around SoHo, I came to a storefront that was serving as a temporary gallery. There were unframed photographs hanging throughout the space, all taken on that tragic day.  The photos had been submitted by amateur and professional photographers and those images, taken from every point of view, became a powerful collective known as “Here is New York” exhibit.   September 11th was one of the most photographed events in our country’s history and these images convey such a sense of destruction, loss, confusion, emotion and fear.

I always come back to the quote from George W. Bush’s speech he gave on September 20th:

“Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future.  We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage.  We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.”

Thinking of those today who lost their lives in that tragic event.  And for the families and friends  who were left to grieve a tremendous loss.  May their peace and faith continue to get them through dark times.

We will never forget.

C

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