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World Trade Center / 15 years since the 911



On September 11th, 2001, there were terrorist attacks in the United States which shocked

the US and the world.


The terrorists attacked New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania and killed nearly 3,000 people, injured thousands more. The attacks left the entire country in mourning.


I used to live in New York and my apartment was a little distant from the World Trade Center which were attacked and collapsed by terrorists. I still remember that morning clearly.


Even from a distance, I could see so much smoke coming out from the World Trade Center which made me stunned and speechless. I kept hearing sirens of ambulances and police cars all day long. The connections for home phones, public phones and cellphones became poor and all the transportation system was dead. The whole city was in chaos. The road was filled with no means of returning home and those people were walking sadly.


A week had passed by since the World Trade Center collapsed, I visited the World Trade Center area. There were many police officers, emergency workers and volunteers looking for missing people from under the destroyed buildings. The smoke was still coming out.

Because there were still hopes that people might be still alive under the buildings and possibilities of explosions or fires, the atmosphere of the area was tense.


There were American flags and many photographs of people who were still missing everywhere.


There were also tanks and soldiers from New York National Guard standing

on the corner of busy areas in the city.


Smiles were gone completely in the city for a while.


15 years has been passes by since that terrorist attacks, and there is new building built called “One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower)” on the same area where the World Trade Center buildings used to be. The construction was started on April 27th, 2006, completed on July 2013, and opened on November 3rd, 2014. The name of the building was changed from “Freedom Tower” to “One World Trade Center” because to remember the original name and what happened to the old buildings.


In May, 2014, “911 Memorial Museum” was opened.


And since March 11th, 2002, “Tribute in Light” was started by Municipal Art Society and it has been lighting up the sky of New York from where the World Trade Center used to be.


As I will not forget what happened on September 11th, 2001 in New York and what I saw there, I strongly hope terrorism will be stopped.


I would like to share a video of “Cameron Michael”, “9-11 Tribute in Light”.



We would like to express our deepest sympathy to all those who passed away from the terrorist attacks.