September 11, 2010
Written by olivia · Filed Under U.S.
One Response to “On This Day: Remembering September 11, 2001, and All That Came After”
The 9/11 was an event so traumatic that even after 10 years it still caused vexing ripples in the fabric of our psyche and spirit. When I got home one evening from my work at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, I turned on my cable TV as I usually do every evening to update me of what was happening in the world. But in that evening the cable news turned out so much differently, what I instantly saw were images of the burning twin tower in New York. As the news unfolded, I realized that it was an act of terror, an attack on America. Two jumbo planes were manoeuvred to collide with the twin towers. The collisions resulted in fiery explosions, billowing black smoke that blotted out the clear blue skies and the subsequent collapse of the two buildings which I saw live and real-time on TV. They were heart-rending scenes that made me feel so despondent, indeed for me it felt like our happy world had come to an end. Most painful of all, were the thoughts of innocent people meeting their tormenting and untimely deaths in the plane, inside the towers or jumping out of the tall burning buildings. Our world has changed so much since 9/11, gone were the days of a carefree reality and a life of limitless goodwill to others. We now live in a world where utmost security is the norm and were suspicion of others is the cardinal rule. On this day of 11 September 2010, a day of poignant remembrance, may I join the people of New York and the United States in commemorating the good men and women which will continue to inspire us as heroes and heroines, brave and free, altruists and philanthropists, martyrs and life-savers, role-models and leaders, peacemakers and children of the Most High.
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