It was a day that none of us would ever forget.  September 11, 2001, was a gorgeous morning, but then the unthinkable happened.  The Twin Towers were attacked and 2,606 people were killed.  It was a time when everyone came together, and there was no difference between those wearing a suit and a uniform.  Firemen and policemen saved as many lives as they could entering into those two burning towers thus putting their own lives at risk.  Many of our bravest Americans lost their lives salvaging others.  These terrorist attacks were the worst on US soil ever.  The tragedy united all Americans who supported one another.  Not only did Americans shed tears, people across the world cried as well.  September 11, 2017 will mark the solemn 16th anniversary of the 911 attacks.

This a memorial in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, dedicated to those who perished in the 911 attacks. [Image by Lucy Santos]
This is a memorial, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, dedicated to those who perished in the 911 attacks. [Image by Lucy Santos]

Before the 911 attacks, the World Trade Center was one of the happiest places in the heart of New York City.  As two of the tallest buildings in the world, they looked as if they were floating in the azure sky.  I will never forget the first time that I saw the Twin Towers.  When I was on a trip with my high school classmates, I looked up into the sky and saw these amazing structures, and I was astonished.  For many years, I continued to look at the Twin Towers from the New York skyline.

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Ever since the Twin Towers were opened to the public on April 4, 1973, they became a symbol of New York.  There were many souvenirs that contained key chains and postcards as well as many others.  The World Trade Center also served as backdrop in many films.  In the movie, Saturday Night Fever, we see many views of the Twin Towers.  It is a film that combines the typical life of a New Yorker with the artistic ambiance of the world’s greatest city.

The World Trade Center was every photographer’s dream.  From every angle, these buildings looked completely different.  Every photo of the Twin Towers was unique.  These structures looked especially patriotic in the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty.

Created by head architect Minoru Yamasaki and associate architects Emery Roth & Sons, they were two buildings that contained all the commodities in the world.  During the weekdays, 50,000 people worked in the towers.  The office settings were ideal and included a breathtaking view of New York City.  There were 200,000 tourists that came to see the Twin Towers.  Many of the travelers went to the Two World Trade center’s observation deck to view Midtown Manhattan like if they were looking into a snow globe.  Opened in April 1976, tourists would also enjoy fine dining at the Windows on the World restaurant.

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Alas, all that is left of the Twin Towers now exists only in our memories.  The National September 11 Memorial and the Museum are places that we can visit to remember all those who perished in the 911 attacks.  The National September 11 Memorial opened on September 11, 2011.  The museum opened in May 2014. These spots also serve as instructional tools, so other generations can learn about the 911 attacks.  Across our towns and cities, there are also many memorials dedicated to 911 victims.  These markers are there so that we will never forget this tragedy.

Today One World Trade Center stands as a replacement for the Twin Towers.  Even though they no longer grace the New York City skyline, I will always see them.  In my memory, they will exist for a lifetime.

This marker, in Nutley, New Jersey, is dedicated to Dorota Kopiczko who perished in the 911 attacks. [Image by Lucy Santos]
This marker, in Nutley, New Jersey, is dedicated to Dorota Kopiczko who perished in the 911 attacks. {image by Lucy Santos]