Reflecting on a dark day in History

By ColleenA
15 years ago the World as we knew it changed forever...most of us still remember what we were doing when the Twin Towers in New York went down...
Nineteen terrorists who were members of al-Qaeda hijacked four commercial planes and the planes were used in a coordinated attack turning them into deadly weapons.
In June this year we visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum ...a sobering place to visit. The two pools have been built in the footprint of the Twin towers which are referred to as the "Reflective pools" and even "The drains of doom"...I felt this when I looked down into the holes and stood there reading some of the 3,000 names. Two in particular pulled at my heart strings ...the first being "Dianne T Signer and her unborn baby", the other " Seilai Khoo" whose name had a white rose pushed into their name earlier in the day. (V 1 and 2) The pools have been designed in a way that the tall skyscrapers surrounding the pools are reflected in the shallow waters.
The Museum tells the story of the events of 9/11 through more than 11,000 artefacts and images as well as parts of the steel structures and fire trucks that were damaged that day. I hadn't given the lifts in the buildings a thought until I read that more than 200 people died in the elevators.
I have included a series of images that sums up that day...Those who lost their lives are mourned generously here. It's a poignant place to visit.
The aftermath will forever linger in our lives...destroyed Cities elsewhere in the World and refugee camps overflowing. Most of us 15 years ago had never heard of al-Qaeda or Osama bin Laden. We didn't have to take our shoes and belts off in the airport and wait in long lines at Security checkpoints. Surveillance was a fraction of its current size,.Now National Security is a major factor in our politics which has now extended into our daily lives...
Let's take a moment to reflect...

Tags: Photo journalism New york Twin towers

Comments


kuipje 7 3 Netherlands
11 Sep 2016 3:11AM
Hi dear
Indeed a very Black day in history.
The whole World did changed, never things would be "normal" again. Almost everybodies lives has been effective by that day.
We lived in Mexican that time and had planned to go for a visit to Holland on that day, but we couldn't. It took us a couple of weeks before we could take a flight again. But that is of course nothing to compare with all those innocent people who lost their lives or their families with their lost.
In a matter of minutes the World has changed forever.
Great series, dear and fine piece of information you gave us.
Take care dear
Xx
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
11 Sep 2016 3:12AM
Such a tragic day. I remember waking up and seeing it on tv. I couldn't believe it. A day we won't forget. A great set Colleen.
CarolG 15 199 20 Greece
11 Sep 2016 5:45AM
Very moving images, Colleen.
ddolfelin Plus
10 103 3 Wales
11 Sep 2016 5:56AM
Still has far reaching consequences, Colleen.
I have every admiration for your tribute - nicely done.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
11 Sep 2016 6:01AM
Insane ,minds who did it.
11 Sep 2016 8:30AM
If only we could erase ALL religion and simply live as one people throughout the World and spend our energy on saving our Planet rather than being hell bent on destroying those who live on it.
Poignant images and great reportage Colleen, brought a tear to my Eye and anger to my Heart.

John.
11 Sep 2016 8:39AM
Very moving images
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 9:18AM
A set of image which will stick in my mind for a very long time. Superb work and so very emotional.

Thanks for sharing Colleen

Regards Nathan
jocas 6 6 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 9:19AM
A very moving tribute and great set of images - excellent reportage Colleen .


Quote:If only we could erase ALL religion and simply live as one people throughout the World and spend our energy on saving our Planet rather than being hell bent on destroying those who live on it.
Poignant images and great reportage Colleen, brought a tear to my Eye and anger to my Heart.

John.



Well said John
Jo
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 9:36AM
Beautiful work here Colleen, both your narration and pictures, a day we will all remember.
Peter.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
11 Sep 2016 9:52AM
Excellent set Colleen. I love the composition of the leading image.
Rende
vivdy 10 2 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 10:37AM
Sympathetically handled images to reflect on .
We were there a month later , a long planned visit , a very moving experience .
Viv
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 10:42AM

Quote:If only we could erase ALL religion and simply live as one people throughout the World and spend our energy on saving our Planet rather than being hell bent on destroying those who live on it.
Poignant images and great reportage Colleen, brought a tear to my Eye and anger to my Heart.

John.


So agree here with John, and why oh why?
well done with all of these lovely captured moments
lonely_oryx 14 61 55 England
11 Sep 2016 10:51AM
Excellent composition
Irishkate Plus
11 45 121 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 10:56AM
Finding it hard to see my keys to type after viewing these images - yes those events did change all our lives but the world wasn't beaten by those terrible acts by fellow 'human beings' - they didn't win - the world did!
The green leaf says life will go on despite their terrorist deeds.
Kate Grin
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
11 Sep 2016 11:18AM
Nice narrative Colleen.
Ron
11 Sep 2016 11:53AM
Great set ,a moving tribute to that horrific day, Colleen
EMJAYCEE 12 10 10 England
11 Sep 2016 12:17PM
We must remember but wish that it had never happened. Life was changed for ever. V ery moving and sobering set Colleen.
Joan
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 1:01PM
A great narrative and set a great tribute ColleenGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Cliff
ade123 9 285 1 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 1:07PM
An exceptional set of images Colleen. Very hard hitting and sobering looking at each image and to think it was a pointless action on that day.

Ade
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
11 Sep 2016 2:59PM
Emotive !! and an excellent take on this memorial ( a dark day indeed ) My award for your take on this.
Ron
Jukka Plus
10 1 Finland
11 Sep 2016 3:24PM
Very well done , Colleen , everything is said there above ! --- Jukka.
netta1234 9 382 2 Wales
11 Sep 2016 3:42PM
A great set ,but we will never forget that day,very sad
Netta
Leedslass1 Plus
5 3.7k 3 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 5:25PM
A fitting tribute.
fotobee 8 4 3 South Africa
11 Sep 2016 6:15PM
A great and fitting tribute Colleen. Regards M&M.
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 7:16PM
A splendid and interesting set with your terrific report.
Ju
Bento 6 Portugal
11 Sep 2016 8:24PM
Amazing work.
Paulo.
Mike_Smith Plus
14 833 2 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 8:50PM
Fantastic work Colleen, both in you pictures and the narrative. What a terrible day that was, it was on my television at the time I thought it was a film. We should never ever forget all them people who lost there lives
EddieAC 16 3.3k 2 United Kingdom
11 Sep 2016 9:01PM
A very dark day in history. Almost.3000 innocent people lost their lives as a result of the actions of the hijackers who were supported by their terrorist group and this figure will be dwarfed by the number of innocent lives lost in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

A fitting upload on this fifteenth anniversary of that terrible event.
11 Sep 2016 10:02PM
Well done on a very fitting upload on this anniversary

Steve
11 Sep 2016 10:53PM
A very fitting tribute Colleen. I will never forget the horror of this..Lin
mistere Plus
8 9 4 England
12 Sep 2016 6:57PM
And the world still hasn't learned.
Excellent upload Colleen.

Dave.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
14 Sep 2016 11:53AM
Very emotive reminder & narrative Colleen
Ian
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
17 Sep 2016 3:51AM

Quote:And the world still hasn't learned.
Excellent upload Colleen. Dave.


I agree with Dave... Such a sad reminder...
Isabel
29 Sep 2016 12:48AM
I agree with all above . Especially with John`s words which Echo Arthur C Clarkes ( Space odyssey 2001) thoughts on religion and humankind
`` Religion Is Poison``.
That thought has resonated with me for decades. True spiritual growth and living in service toward fellow humans ... that`s the antidote to the Poison that is spilling across the world. Religious fanaticism and superstition need to go the way of the dinosaurs in order for us to ever explore the stars and progress as a s species ....
.Thx Colleen for all wonderful work you`ve put into this, very impressive
cheers walt
29 Sep 2016 1:08AM
Sorry I misquoted Arthur C Clarke. It was actually Christopher Hitchens whom was well known for declaring`` Relgion Poisons everything.`` . My apologies Richard ( RIP)

Walt

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