Remembering 9/11

 

On September 11, 2001, an Islamic terrorist group did four attacks on the United States, causing 2,996 lives ( 2,977 victims + 19 hijackers). There were two planes crashed into the North and South tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.  Later on,the two 110 story buildings collapsed because of the fire causing by the North and South Tower. There was a cloud of fear and anger all over United States at the time. Many people, especially the victims’ families had a very difficult time dealing with grief. All over America, people created remembrance sites, to show unity and that those people might have gone but never forgotten.

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The attacks brought people together as one community to fight against all the negative feelings that they felt. To show that America will move forward from that point and become stronger. After the attacks, America has restricted many airplanes that enter the country.

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In order to remember and honor each victims, America opened a 9/11 Museum.

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Remembering 9/11: National September 11 Memorial & Museum

On September  11, 2001, total of 19 terrorist from the Islamic extreme group hijacked four planes and flew into two skyscrapers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The buildings later caught on fire and collapsed which resulted in many death of innocent citizen.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum locates in the World Trade Center which was previously destroyed due to the 9/11 attack. It is a commemorating site for the victims that were killed from the tourist attack.

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In the museum, there is Memorial’s twin reflection pool that are in a size of an acre and has the largest waterfall in North America. On the Memorial pools, the name of every individual who died from the attacked were inscribed into the bronze panels. It is a reminder for the large loss of people lives from the terrorist attack that took place on the American Soil and a tragedy in the modern American history.

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In October 2001, a gallery pear tree was severely damaged from the 9/11 attack with burned and broken branches and snapped roots. It was later replaced and taken care by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and placed in the Memorial which became known as the “Survivor Tree”.  The recovery of the tree represents for rebirth for Americans today and it embodies the spirit of hope and strength.

By building a memorial site like this, people are able to visit and commemorate the victims and keep the date in mind. The museum covers every victims name where their family members can come visit and visitors can see. On the other hand, the Survivor Tree gives the nation new hope and shows people recovery is possible while remembering the past.

Remembering September 11, 2001

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What is 9/11?

On September 11, 2001, there were four coordinated terrorist attack occurred that killed approximately 3,000 people. That Tuesday, two planes crashed into the North and South tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. About an hour and a half later, the two 110 story buildings have completely been destroyed from the fire that was created from the crash. Not only did this crash damage the two towers, it also damaged a few other buildings around it. This tragedy not only killed a large number of people, but it was also a detrimental incident to the firefighters. It also took a large toll on the economy from the damage of property and construction after. This is a grieving tragedy that this country will forever remember. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11_attacks

 

National September 11 Memorial

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Memorial that sits between the twin towers. Every victim that died in 2001 and 1993 attack are inscribed into the memorial.

The memorial was opened 10 years after the massacre in 2011.

 

Survivor tree

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The tree that had one branch left from the terror attack

This was moved to the care of New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. After it was recovered in 2010, it was returned back to the memorial.

National September 11 Museum

The memorial museum was open in 2014. It is placed in the world trade center. It contains different displays, archives, narratives collections and artifacts from the tragedy.

Memorial Exhibition

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It includes every victim that died in the 2001 and 1993 attack with a brief description about them.

Cover stories

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33 covers were made for The New Yorker to remember the twin towers.

 

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This memorial and museum was made because of how traumatic and impacting it was to the whole country. It will continue to hold the memory of the awful attacks that occurred and educate visitors more about it.

 

9/11 Leaves a permanent scar on America

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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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References

Pool, Bob. “Rosemead Honors Victims of 9/11.” Los Angeles Times, September 5, 2011. Accessed September 14, 2017.

Cole, Carolyn. “Reflecting Absence: the September 11 memorial”. Los Angeles Times, September 3 2009. Accessed September 14, 2017.

 

Remebering 9/11

I was born on January 8, 1999—two years prior to the terrorist attack called 9/11, a tragic event that truly devastated the country like never before. It sounds insane to me that the tragedy occurred around the time I was an infant, but it sounds even more insane to me that I was given the opportunity to see the monuments in person a couple years later…

Early in the morning on September 11, 2001, a plane suddenly crashes through one of the twin towers in New York City. Cloud explosions burst out from the top of the tower, and a lot of yelling and obscenity arises from the crowd beneath. Without hesitation, the people start running for their lives. They run even faster when another plane crashes into the other tower. And as the towers gradually begin leaning, the most catastrophic scene occurs: the people from the towers start jumping off! I can only imagine the horrible dilemma that they had to go through, which was to either be burnt alive or to jump out of the window only to splat into the ground. Not only this, but “a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.”

All the blame goes to a small Muslim group called the “Al-Qaeda.” They felt the need to take extreme measures in order to spread their religion across the world. America was their primary target because everything that it stands for, that is—“one nation under God, indivisible with liberty, and justice for all,” goes completely against their beliefs. The terrorist group admitted that they “killed nearly 3,000 people, making it the worst attack on the United States in history,” in other words, war was declared by them.

I practically said yes to every opportunity I encountered when I was in high school. Eventually, I found an opportunity to travel to the east coast to visit historical figures, one of which was the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The memorial is located at the World Trade Center site, where the Twin Towers were once standing.

When I visited the memorial, I saw the reflecting pools in which the water flowed down into something that looked like a maelstrom. I notice a plaque surrounding the pools, and saw small American flags attached to the names of the victims.

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Of course, each small American flag was there to commemorate each victim;but most importantly, its purpose was to remind the people that the victims were Americans, and that 9/11 could have killed them as well–it literally could have been anyone. Therefore, it is vitally important to honor those were unlucky, those whose lives were unfairly taken away, and those who could impacted the world for the better.

As I looked at the reflecting pools, I admired the water, which looked like bits of crystals flowing down to the center. The construction of the pools was symmetrical and precise because each wall seemed to have the same measurements. I felt a deep appreciation for the memorial as I looked around and saw different faces ranging from a variety of skin tones—I saw the American people together as one, appreciating the memorial just as much as I was.

There are a lot of memorials across the nation, including in other countries; but the September 11 Memorial and Museum, at least to me, delivered the message stating that is always important to remember the past not only to prevent it from repeating the same scenario because anything spontaneous, like 9/11, can occur at any time. Last but not least, live life to the fullest is what I ultimately got out of the memorial.

 

Love and Unity

On May 23, 2014, Elliot Rodger stabbed three men in his apartment killed six people and injured fourteen others near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara. After the tragedy had occur Elliot Rodger killed himself inside his vehicle, leaving behind an upload video on Youtube explaining his reason and document called “Elliot Roger Manifesto: My Twisted World.” Marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating events Melissa Barthelemy, a PhD candidate with a BA in History, participated as the manager and curator putting together an exhibition called “We Remember Them: Acts of Love and Compassion In Isla Vista.” The Exhibition consisted of seven different section; starting with introduction, victims, spontaneous memorials, memorial events, making meaning+national politics, come together continuing events, and gratitude.

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The exhibition consists of a grieving process. Remember the victims with love, remembering the person they were, their goals in life and exisitence. After such a traumatic events people need space to sit down and think about the lost of the community, an environment were they are allowed to be sad and express their sadness in positive ways. To remember the great importance of the lost the community faced but not to dwell on it, to feel themselves with positive memories from them and become a stronger and better person for them. It really hard to let go of the past specially when it involves a community tragedy. Were people not only are suffering from the lost but they are also feeling unsafe in their own surroundings. The trauma of “that person could have been me,” feeling of lack of protection can feeling triggered the community to take unhealthy action based in anxiety and fear.
Every negative event that occurs in life will be converted to a ucsb_candlelight_vigil_gppositive event with the right processed. This exhibition through hope and the feeling of love and caring for each other. The feeling of protection that students were giving back to each other when the event occur and also a year after in the anniversary. It is important to have a healthy environment were people feel free to be themselves and wake up every day to a health and safe place to be. That is the message the exhibition tried to provide to students as they visit the exhibit. The most important thing is the unity and support from the community. Making meaning of it and demonstrating how the campus united in form of peace and love toward the victims. How this particular tragedy was not just darkness and sadness, how this tragic event help unit the community even more and everybody was there for each other. How this was not just a horrible event, it was a tragic event that made UCSB and Isla Vista a stronger community.

We remember does whose life were taking away from, without given chance to finished creating a life. We unit in form of solidarity and compassion toward our community, environment, world. We remember with love and sympathy, remembering impacted this people made in our surroundings

How we “Reflect” on 9/11

Many Americans still remember clearly the unfolding of horrible events on September 11, 2001. The tragedy has instilled many hard to forget images to all those who witnessed the events unfold either through their TV set or in person. However, it can be said most people who were once glued to the news for days after the tragedy now think of it only rarely or during its anniversary. As for people who were far from the scene or who were very young at the time may not know many details about the tragedy at all. During the wake of tragic events, people readily remember recent tragedies and presume that the world will never be the same again. However, as years and generations pass, daily life goes back to normal for most people and although tragedies are remembered less frequently they do not become forgotten. Meanwhile, political and culturally influenced memorial sites like “Reflect” found in Rosemead California have helped preserve our memories of history for decades to come.

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The iconic “Reflect” monument is made up of stainless steel and incorporates an actual damaged I-beam salvaged from the World Trade Center. “Heath Satow’s contemporary sculpture Reflect is composed of 2,976 individual pieces. Each stylized dove silhouette represents a victim lost in the 9/11 terrorist attack on the U.S. in 2001.” (Pool)

I believe the monument’s intention of matching its number of doves to the official 9/11 victim count is to give the viewer a physical point of reference as to what 2,976 can look like. To view and touch the pieces, realizing that each represents a loved one lost is an emotional experience which as the name suggest causes many to reflect on the 2001 tragedy. Each dove is joined together, spiraling upwards to form hands cradling the World Trade Center I-beam. The hands are meant to be symbolic of our human connection to 9/11; it is our past, woven together and united to carry ourselves from adversity the monument asks you to remember the past and reflect on it to strive for a better tomorrow.

It’s essential that we strive to remember past atrocities, and not because learning about them will surely prevent future tragedies from occurring. Instead, the acts of listening, learning and remembering are important steps toward enduring past hardship. Preserving memories of traumatic events also helps validate the people who were personally terrorized by them. The sculpture “Reflect” does all this it validates victims of the 9/11 attacks by the physical matching of doves to its victim count. The sculpture also reminds the public of the tragedy by bringing debris from the atrocity and its very shape symbolizes the rise above from this event.

 

References

Pool, Bob. “Rosemead Honors Victims of 9/11.” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sept. 2011, articles.latimes.com/2011/sep/05/local/la-me-911-sculpture-20110906.

Rosemead City Hall. “Thank You for Helping Us Build the Memorial.” City of Rosemead : September 11 Memorial , City of Rosemead Newsroom, 10 May 2017, http://www.cityofrosemead.org/index.aspx?page=375.

Isla Vista Love & Remembrance Garden at People’s Park

It was heartbreaking to hear about the horrific event that occurred on May 23, 2014. On this day, Elliot Rodger committed a cowardly act of violence on six students from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). His emotional instability and his lack of social skills led him to desire to have revenge on women who didn’t want to be with him. In order to execute his plan successfully, he had to kill three of his roommates so they wouldn’t expose him, which enabled him to shoot two women from the sorority. He then ruthlessly ended the life of a random student who was simply going about his life on the streets of Isla Vista. Unfortunately, justice couldn’t be served. After his malicious murder of these innocent students, he shot himself in the head. What I found appalling was the fact that he had the audacity to justify his actions in a YouTube video prior to his massacre and suicide.

 

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The victims’ names (top row from left to right): Weihan Wang, George Chen, Cheng Yuan Hong, & (Bottom row from left to right) Christopher Martinez, Katie Cooper, Veronika Weiss.

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Nobody knows if Elliot ever thought about the aftermath of his actions–I don’t think he, himself, even knew. But his actions certainly left a painful mark on the victims’ families, relatives, and ultimately on the UCSB and IV community. Nothing has been the same since the massacre occurred three years ago because it produced a dark history for the community to remember.

However, though this may have been extremely tragic, there were people who decided to blanket the situation with optimism. Through the help of students, community members, and, of course, the victims’ families, a special place called the Isla Vista Remembrance Love and Garden was created at the People’s Park. This special place was designed to remember the victims by, as stated in the news,  making “a way for people to remember and not necessarily the tragedy, but remember the beauty of life and the beauty of the people we lost and how they touched each and every one of us.”

Furthermore, it makes sense to establish a place consisting of living things for students whose lives were unfairly taken away because, as cliché as it may sound, this triggers one to think about how life can never be taken for granted and how one needs to live life to the fullest. I firmly believe that the park is supposed to be heavily symbolic because, as UCSB Associate Dean of Student Life & Activities Katya Armistead explained, the idea that “all the plants…will bring sustenance for the birds, bees and butterflies” reinforces that life is still beautiful.

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As time goes by, people still remember the incident, but they are also glad that “they (everyone who contributed to the project) were able to create something for the community to heal and to grow and to remember life and love,” which is exactly what the memorial is supposed to do.

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When I walked to the park one day, I noticed that there weren’t any signs explaining the meaning of the six benches. I decided to ask my professor and acquaintances about that. One explanation is that the families of the victims wanted the benches to be private in a sense because they wanted to commemorate their loved ones in that particular way.  But the main reason why the families decided not to put a sign up is because instead of reminding the public of why the benches were established in the first place, they wanted the people to solely focus on the flowers, the green vivid bushes, and the feeling that life should always be celebrated at all times. Perhaps, it is safe to assume that the families’ purpose was to have everyone embrace life to the fullest, just how they know their loved ones would have if they were still alive.

When I went to visit the park myself, I can definitely tell you that I felt all the positive vibes when I was there. The green bushes made feel at ease, and the flowers on which a butterfly just so happened to land, made my experience at the park more precious. But when I sat on the benches, I actually felt sad, and I think the reason for this is because I already knew the history behind them. It was right there and then when I realized what the families of the victims were attempting to do; they wanted people to go to park, and only think about life and not the tragedy that tried to destroy the beauty of it.

The Eternal Flame

The eternal flame has been used as a symbol to remember people that had ideals that are meant to live on forever. There flame is not often used for remembrance of people who did not have much impact or influence on the world, it is usually used to remember people who were pioneers and leaders of their time. Three men that had used all the effort they could were all assassinated because of the things that they believed in. Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy were all shot within the same five years. These men all have a quote on the triptych on the UCSB campus, but they all have a flame at their gravesite as well. Opposed to a wall of art or a sculpture, these flames can really grab someones attention because they constantly move and shine in the night. The light on the triptych was made to attract people to the site and read the quotes that were meant to be shared and passed on. IMG_2312.JPG

Martin Luther King Jr played an integral part in the movement for nonviolent protest, which has been used for decades after his introduction. He was a pioneer of his time regarding the way all of us humans should be treating each other. Tragically, he was shot and killed in 1968, the same year that the UCSB eternal flame was set in place. Although, his gravesite in Atlanta also included an eternal flame of it’s own. There is a plaque next to the flame that States that it “symbolizes the continuing effort to realize Dr. King’s ideals for the ‘Beloved Community’ which requires lasting personal commitment that cannot weaken when faced with obstacles”. This coincides with Dr. King’s ideals because there is no excuse to treat people differently based on certain qualities. When we look at these flames today we are supposed to do our job to individually pass on the ideals regarding peace that MLK was known for spreading. We are all placed on this Earth with an equal right to participate in any activity we want. The flame at his site is a perfect symbol for these ideals because it shows that these ways of living need to last forever.

Two of the Kennedy brothers were assassinated only 5 years apart. John was killed during his presidency and Robert was killed while running for president. Both of them had a major impact with their revolutionary ideas of their time. Along with their spot in the flame triptych on the UCSB campus, they are also buried in Arlington Virginia by one of the more well-known eternal flames. The flames, at UCSB and at Arlington, enable us to open our minds to their ideals that they felt should eternally live on forever. Opposed to a wall of art or a sculpture, these flame can really grabs someones attention because it is constantly moving and it shines in the night. It was made to attract people to the triptych and read the quotes that were meant to be shared as passed on.

 

Paper Cranes

The practice of paper cranes and the meaning behind it.

The paper crane originated from China, back then only rich people could afford paper to do paper crane for decoration or as a hobby. Later on the practice spreaded to Japan. The paper crane held a different new meaning in Japan. Sadako Sasaki, was exposed to atomic bomb’s ionizing radiation in 1945, which resulting her to develop leukemia, a cancer of the bone marrow. During the time leading to her death, Sadako folded one thousand paper cranes, each paper crane that she folded, she lets out her pain and suffering. After Sadako’s death, the paper crane symbolized peace and healing. In 2007, Sadako’s family started to donate her paper crane around the world to places that need peace and healing. The Sasaki’s family also gave a paper crane to Clifton Truman Daniel, whom grandfather, U.S President Harry S. ordered to atomic bombs during 1945, asking to send a message of peace.

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What Happened in Isla Vista?

In 2014, in a small town called Isla Vista located in Santa Barbara, six students tragically passed away under Elliot Rodger’s gun, on top of that, he also injured 14 other students. Elliot Rodger planned to do a massive shooting for years, he finally carried out his plans in May 2014, causing the death of George Chen, James Hong, David Wang, Katherine Cooper, Christopher Martinez and Veronika Weiss.

The Connection between paper cranes and what happened in Isla Vista.

The tragedy left a deep wound in many students and families’ hearts. For a while, the grieving period was extremely difficult, so people gathered together as a community to help each other. There are many remembrance sites around UCSB campus and Isla Vista and paper cranes in the Student Resource Building is one of them. The students folded one thousand paper cranes, including six strands of blue paper cranes representing the six lives that were tragically taken away in May 2014. Paper cranes symbolized healing and peace, three years later, folding and hanging the paper cranes as a part of remembering what happened, showed that the community wanted to promote peace and taking the first step into healing. Also, it is to remind all of us that peace is what we need in this chaotic world.

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