12 September 2017
With it being the 16th anniversary of 9/11 yesterday, many turned to social media to reflect on the tragic incident that took place 16 years ago. NASA shared a blog post to express some of the ways that they have honoured those who died, Bush called for remembering “lives stolen,” Clinton called the rescue workers who helped save many lives that day “heroic” and Obama wrote: “No act of terror will ever change who we are.”
Sixteen years later what remains and what we remember is how the indomitable human spirit prevails in the face of the most horrifying and daunting adversity, and there's beauty in that. Now, the site of the New York City attacks is home to One World Trade Centre, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and a marker of resilience in the face of tragedy.
It was a day that everyone across the western world will not have forgotten, a day where 3000 innocent people lost their lives, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters. Throughout yesterday, Twitter users wrote about September 11 using the hashtags #NeverForget, #September11, and “World Trade Centre”. Some people wrote about their own experiences that day, and others posted photos and videos of the memorials and memorial services.
"Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honour those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11."
This quote is a favourite; one that can be applied to a tragic loss in any country worldwide. Sixteen years ago yesterday was a day filled with so much pain, but also filled with courage, love, and selflessness, and for that reason everyone should take a day to remember those affected.