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I wanted to take this weeks blog in another direction. Instead of focusing and writing on nutrition, health and food, I decided to devote this weeks blog to one of the saddest and most tragic events that struck all Americans regardless of where we lived in the United States.
September 11, 2001 is a day that has been marked as one of the most infamous tragedies against Americans, along with incidents such as the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the hostages in Lebanon. On that day, people all over the world paused in shock and disbelief watching as new horrors seemed to unfold with each passing hour after the initial attack. During the next days and weeks all planes were grounded save for the occasional military flight. The skies were eerily quiet but on the ground, people from coast to coast began displaying their American pride.
This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the incident known simply as “9-11” and if you ask anyone old enough to remember the event, they can likely tell you exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. Even though it was more than a decade ago, many people – especially those in the New York, Pennsylvania, or Washington, D.C. areas who were directly affected or lost loved ones – remember the events as if they just happened yesterday. Although no two people’s personal grief can truly be compared, New Yorkers were certainly hit the hardest. More than 400,000 New Yorkers suffer from post-traumatic-stress-disorder resulting from the events on 9-11.
While other parts of America saw flags fade and fray into bits of string that were eventually tossed into the garbage over time, New Yorkers still maintain memorials to their lost loved ones in shop windows, on the subterranean walls of the subway trains, and especially in the firehouses and police stations. The firefighters and police officers have lived with the thought that disaster strikes unexpectedly and at any time in the back of their heads for eleven years now, even more than they did before that fateful day. On 9-11, 343 FDNY firefighters, 37 Port Authority police officers, and 23 NYPD officers made the ultimate sacrifice and this year, as with every year since the tragedy, memorials and events will take place across the country to honor all 2,819 victims. Here are some memorials that people can visit year-round.
- The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is now open. It is located where the Twin Towers were before the crash, and it also honors the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
- The Pentagon’s 9-11 Memorial honors those whose lives were taken in the attack on our Nation’s Capital.
- The National Park Service raised a Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania.
- The state of Pennsylvania has Bucks County Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial.
Although 9-11 occurred eleven years ago, many still cannot bear the memories and find it a difficult topic to discuss. For some, an annual pilgrimage to one of the memorial sites helps them make a little more peace each year. Even though they will never be the person they were before 9-11, attending the memorials helps them in their attempt to gain closure from the tragedy. So, if you need to visit any of these memorial sites, take care of yourself and take the time to do it.