In Memory of 9/11

Today marks the 9th year of the September 11 attacks on Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City. The attack left the 2 majestic towers in rubble and killed more than 2,000 people.

Back in 1998, I was in Manhattan, New York to attend the now-defunct Internet World. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to make a trip to the towers back then, and I’ll never be able to. What I did have is a photograph taken from the Empire State Building towards the direction of the towers. This was shot on crappy Kodak Max 400 film and scanned using a Nikon Coolscan III. There was quite a bit of haze on that morning.

New York City circa 1998 showing the Twin Towers and barely showing the Statue of Liberty.

In 2005, I had the opportunity to visit Manhattan again for the Search Engine Strategies event. I simply had to take another shot of the same view. This time, instead of fog, I get quite bad backlighting.

New York City circa 2005, after the Sep 11 attacks in 2001.

2 days later, I visited ground zero. and noticed this cross. According to what I hear from a nearby guide, this was part of the scaffolding of the building and was found, as if by miracle, as it is now, in the shape of a cross. It was then erected as a memorial to the people who have perished in the disaster.

911 Cross at the Ground Zero site of the Twin Towers in Manhattan.

For those people who have died in the attacks, I hope they rest in peace. Let’s hope that such terrorist attacks will not happen anywhere, anytime and let the world be a better place to live in.

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