The more time that passes, the less often we think about the atrocities that were committed on September 11, 2001. Especially for young people, the memory of 9/11 fades with every year that goes by. The days following the attack had people living in fear, thinking that the world will never heal; but as time passes, people always fade back to their habits and will eventually stop thinking about it every day. This is why it is important for us to create memorials that will keep the wounds “fresh”.
Since the attack, memorials have sprung up across the globe, remembering all those who were killed; either in the building or trying to save those who were stuck. Most famous is the memorial at the site of the two towers which opened in September of 2006.
Each year since its opening, the memorial holds a ceremony on the anniversary of the attack. It draws tens of thousands of people from across the country and it features speeches from officials and a memorial for the victims.
The memorial externalizes our memory of 9/11 and allows us to reflect on the atrocities by including a roll call for all of the victims. This allows the crowd to hear each name and think about each death. All the names are engraved around the outside of the monuments that make up the foundation of the towers.
Along with the memorial, an official 9/11 museum recently opened near the site of the attack. The museum allows us to reflect on 9/11 in a different way because it is full of graphic images and artifacts to visually show us what the scene looked like. The museum creates a present day exhibit where you create a shared memory of what happened, even if you were too young to remember the attack.
The 9/11 memorial are important because they remind us of these horrendous events and remind us that we need to be cautious in the future. The also show us that we are resilient, and that nothing can stop the American people from moving forward.
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