While we in Singapore are being distracted this 11 September by what may be the most closely contested election since independence, the United States and much of the World will be remembering a day 14 years ago that must not be forgotten. 14 years on, the United States and New York City seems to have since assumed a air of normalcy, at least from what I saw of the city in April. Worst hit by the savage act of terrorism, it does seems well on the road to recovery even if the events are indelibly etched into the psyche of every New Yorker. Ground Zero, which is being regenerated, today represents the resilience of the American spirit. Much like a phoenix that has risen from the ashes, a new and taller structure has risen, One World Trade Center, which now stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.
The sun rises on a new Manhattan skyline (seen from Hoboken, New Jersey).
Lower Manhattan in 1989 with the Twin Towers which were brought down by two aircraft on September 11 2001.
Lower Manhattan today with One World Trade Center standing tall.
Rebuilding the World Trade Center
Ground Zero in April, as seen from the yard of St. Paul’s Chapel.
Work to complete One World Trade Center.
Another look at One WTC.
Cranes working on another structure coming up at Ground Zero.
A thousand origami paper cranes folded by school children in Japan. The cranes relate to the story of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 origami paper cranes.
The Bell of Hope by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Mayor of London on the first anniversary of 9/11. Cast by the same company that made the Liberty Bell, it stands in the yard of St. Paul’s Chapel near Ground Zero.
An altar to the victims inside St. Paul’s Chapel.
Another memorial inside St. Paul’s Chapel.
A cross forged from material found in the rubble.
The interior of St. Paul’s.
One of two reflecting pools each positioned where the North and South Tower once stood as part of the National September 11 Memorial.