Newsletter: “September 11” 20th Anniversary: ​​The scars are still there, the sun is rising as usual

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Newsletter: “September 11” 20th Anniversary: ​​The scars are still there, the sun is rising as usual

local time 9 On 8th, the rose on the stone platform with the names of the victims in the terrorist attack on the “9.11” World Trade Site in Ground Zero, New York, USA. Photo by China News Agency reporter Liao Pan

China News Agency, New York, September 11th, cable title: “September 11” 20th Anniversary Ceremony: The scars are still there, the sun is still rising

On September 11, 2021, the weather in New York will be as clear as it was twenty years ago.

In the early morning, the sun is rising. In Liberty State Park in New Jersey, John Smith took his son in a stroller and silently looked at the One World Trade Center on the other side of the Hudson River. Not far behind him was the sky “September 11”. Memorial wall (Empty Sky Memorial). The sun passed through the skyscrapers of Manhattan, stroking the names of the victims on the memorial wall.

Smith said that 20 years ago, he worked in a company in New Jersey. On the morning of September 11, he heard that a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. “At that time, we all thought it was a small plane, but soon we saw terrible scenes on TV.” He told a reporter from China News Agency, “The company immediately stopped working. I went home and watched the news all day. , With my family.”

At 8 am, on the Lincoln Center Plaza in New York City, two Buddhist monks sprinkled water and prayed for blessings. A group of young people in white clothes danced to the music and cherished the memory of “September 11 “The victims in the incident. At this moment twenty years ago, American Airlines Flight 11 (AA11) was about to take off from Boston Logan International Airport, with five terrorists among the passengers. Less than an hour later, three other planes that had mixed with terrorists also took off from Boston, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey.

At that moment, the crew and passengers on the four planes had no way of knowing their next destiny and the shock that the world would endure.

Koshin Paley Ellison was one of the monks who performed the blessing ceremony. Ellison, who lived in Brooklyn twenty years ago, witnessed the “September 11” disaster with his own eyes.

“I had breakfast on the roof that day, and I could clearly see the Manhattan skyline.” Ellison told a reporter from China News Agency, “I was drinking coffee and saw two planes hit the World Trade Center. Building.”

At 8:46, the entire New York City observed a silent tribute.

At 8:46 on September 11, 2001, Flight AA11 hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:03, the second passenger plane hit the South Tower; at 9:37, the Pentagon was hit by a passenger plane; at 9:59, the South Tower collapsed; at 10:03, a passenger plane was in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It crashed; at 10:28, the North Tower collapsed. During the entire incident, nearly 3,000 people were killed.

On the morning of the 11th, at the “Return to Ground” at the World Trade Center Twin Towers site, the relatives and friends of the victims gathered together, recited the names of the deceased one by one, and observed silence at each of the above-mentioned time points. Although two decades have passed, tears still burst into their eyes when they read the names of their relatives and friends.

The commemorative ceremony of “Return to Ground” is over at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. The venue is only open to the public at 3 pm so that the families of the victims can continue to remember the dead without interruption.

John Quinn walked out of “zero ground”, but did not leave immediately. There are multiple “9·11” theme medals on his collar, and the bracelet on his right hand is engraved with the name of his friend Joyce. Quinn told China News Agency that when the attack occurred, Joyce was working in the North Tower and could not escape in time.

“Since 2002, I will come to the memorial ceremony every year, and I will publish her story on Facebook. As long as I am still there, I will definitely come to the ceremony to let people remember her.” Quinn said.

In Quinn’s view, relatives and friends of the victims may not have the means to really get out of the pain. “The annual commemorative event actually opened the wound again in a sense.” He said, especially on the 20th anniversary of this year, people have seen so many stories about “September 11” again. “We will never forget the people we lost. We can only learn to live with this pain and move on.”

“‘9·11’ was a terrible event, it made me feel Magical but extremely realistic. At that moment, I became more aware of the people I love and care about, and I want to be with them.” Ellison said. He also hopes to help people heal the pain in their hearts, “Remember the deceased, support and help their loved ones, we must continue to do so to truly comfort their wounds.”

After sunset, in At Battery Park at the southern end of Manhattan, two blue beams of light symbolizing the twin towers of the World Trade Center will rise straight into the sky until dawn the next day, reminding people that this tragedy should never be forgotten.

“I still feel angry and sad.” Smith, who loves history, said that “September 11” itself has caused great pain. After the US attacked Afghanistan, more Americans and locals died in the war. Until now, the U.S. has withdrawn its troops. “As a result, the Taliban are fighting more and more.”

Smith said that when his son grows up, he has to tell him the entire “September 11” incident so that he can understand this. The impact of events. “The most important lesson we have learned, I think, is to be kind to others and live in harmony.” He said that war and violence can never solve problems. (End)