Tuesday, 11 September 2012

GROUND ZERO, NYC, 2003

On this anniversary of 9/11, the violent terrorist act that claimed the lives of 3000 or so innocent victims still haunts the memory of all people around the world who believe that non-violent means for achieving a change for the better is the only means that befits a rational, humane and thinking human being. September eleven still horrifies and disturbs all human beings who have a pure heart.

The world has changed since that attack and we, the survivors have a duty to do our best in order to ensure that such acts become not only impossible in the future, but are declared to be reprehensible and heinous, all over the world by all leaders. The way that we bring up our children, the way that we worship our God, the way that we live our life, the way that we administer justice, the way that we ensure that each person on this earth has dignity, freedom and a comfortable life where basic needs are met, should all contribute to the war against terror. This is how we ensure that such attacks do not recur. One does not go to war to stop terrorism - one does not fight a terrorist act with another terrorist act.

We visited Ground Zero when we were in New York City in 2003 and we were speechless with emotion and awestruck by the terrible sights we saw, the stories we heard, the people we met, the things we read... No photograph can convey the desolation of the place and the plight of both those lost and those that survived them. And yet the cross made of rusty iron girders, the exhibit in St Paul's Chapel and the mural that we saw nearby are deep and heart-felt memorials to those involved in the tragedy.

This post is part of the Our World Tuesday meme,
and also part of the Taphophile Tragics meme.










8 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this ~ Excellent photography ~ wonderful tribute ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. this is a good day to post this one.

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  4. I'm interested in the title, 'Heroes of September 2011'. Are those listed there the fire personnel and police officers who lost their lives in rescue attempts?
    It can't be a list of those who died in the attack - as they surely were simply unlucky victims, not 'heroes'?
    I'd be interested to know.

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  5. Great tribute!
    Truly a sad day!
    Great pics too.

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  6. Thank you for posting this Nick, on this day.

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  7. This post offers so many moving perspectives of this tragic site! The last photo of the mural is especially poignant!

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