The morning of 11th September 2001 was just another morning in New York City. People got up, rushed to the subway and logged in at their office desk. It was just another morning people boarded the flights to their destination cities. A peaceful shiny day didn’t even give a spark of the calamity that was about to happen in the United States of America.
It was the day of the September month that was listed as a black day in the calendar of the world. It was the terror attack of 9/11 that stunned the world. People walking past the pride of NYC – the World Trade Center (WTC), never imagined the horrific scene that they witnessed that day.
The Twin Towers- two of the tallest buildings in the world, crashed in front of the eyes of New York City. The 16-acre commercial complex, office space for about 35,000 people and 430 companies was attacked by the terrorist group of Al-Qaeda.
The morning sunshine of 9/11, 19 terrorists’ hijacked four commercial airplanes intentionally crashed the planes into the North and South Towers of the WTC complex. There were about 18,000 people or may be more than that working inside the Twin Towers. Within minutes of the crash, the Twin Tower fell like a house of cards.
Thousands of people were injured and trapped under the debris of the WTC. The adjoining buildings in the complex were also ruined as the Twin Towers collapsed. The incident ground was named as “Ground Zero”, the rescue, recovery and clean-up started. But, it was not the only place in the USA which was ruined by the devastation.
The third plane entered into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. The fourth plane- Flight 93 had some of the brave passengers who fought back with the terrorists. Unfortunately, the plane crashed into an empty field in western Pennsylvania about 20 minutes by air from Washington D.C. The terror attack crippled the lives in about 93 nations who lost relatives and loved ones. The massive devastation occurred in the WTC complex killing about 2,753 people. On May 30, 2002- the last piece of WTC steel was ceremonially removed.
I have no clue- whether it was planned attack or the attack on the pride of America by the extremist group- Al- Qaeda. I know just a fact, that day many children lost their parents and many parents lost their young children working in the WTC complex.
There were many innocent lives lost amongst the fight between the nations or the groups. Demolishing the Twin Tower, the tallest building in the world wasn’t bravery, it was jealousy. The high sky-scrapers of New York were envied. The terror attack on the most powerful nation definitely traumatized the nation. But, it wasn’t a weak nation to stay silent.
Yet, again the construction of the WTC complex has begun. Now, the ground of the terror complex was no longer called as the Ground Zero. The WTC building 1 started its construction in the year 2006 and successfully attained completion on July, 2014. The complex of seven WTC has begun, out of which the WTC 1, 4 and 7 have been completed.
Of course, the site is different from the previous complex, rebuilding the sky scrapers with the addition of six new buildings, a memorial for those who died in the attack 9/11 and a transportation hub. The New York skyscrapers would be back kissing the sky again.
It has been 14 years and still the place gives goose bumps to the people around. The day before the 14th anniversary of the terror attack, the rainbow sparkled in the sky around 8 AM between the rain showers. A ray of hope for the WTC complex to stay strong and the pray for the loss of families. Here, a tribute to the people who lost their lives in the rivalry, hatred and revenge. A prayer for the memorial service of 9/11, may god strength the relations between the nations and spare the innocent lives of the people.