You might be already a little sick of the news generating article after article about the ten year anniversary over the events on 9/11/2011. But for me this year's anniversary feels more potent. I can't help but think about all that has transpired in my life and the world within the last ten years.
The New York Times have done an exceptional job of organizing this year's memorial. One feature, where you can listen to a collection of tapes recorded by the aviation officials before and after the crashes, has really struck me hard. I highly recommend you listen to this but not before you go to bed, as I didn't sleep too well last night. The recordings include a stewardess on Flight 11 as she was calling for help after the hijackers took control of the plane. What struck me the most was hearing the air in the background, that kind of fuzzy buzz that your hear while on the plane. I couldn't help but feel like I was there and knowing the doom ahead how horrible it all was. But the tapes also reveal how really sloppy officials handled this, as if they weren't prepared or just couldn't do anything anyways.
In general I feel America for the most part was generally asleep before 9/11/2011 and afterwards awoke to the reality that they are apart of the world, and not everybody likes us.
Another feature on the New York Times site is one that shows objects people have kept or collected since the event. Accompanying a picture of the object is the person's story about how it came into their possession. A piece of scrap metal they picked up that day or the shoes they were wearing.
Despite it being 10 years later I still find myself marveling over the event in how people reacted at the site and how it was able to happen. Certainly, I wish peace would envelope the world and no country would suffer from attacks. So it is on this anniversary I hope we can all sit back and see how this event has affected us and how it can move us to make a better world.