9-11 14 years on

11 09 2015

While we in Singapore are distracted this 11 September by the first General Election since Lee Kuan Yew passed on, the United States and much of the World will be remembering a day 14 years ago that must not be forgotten.

The sun rises on a new Manhattan skyline.

The sun rises on a new Manhattan skyline (seen from Hoboken, New Jersey).

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. Having been the worst of the  cities in the U.S. to be hit by the savage acts of terrorism on 11 September 2001, 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 is today being regenerated and represents the resilience of the American spirit and much like a phoenix that has risen from the ashes, a new and taller structure has risen, One World Trade Center. That now stands as the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

Lower Manhattan in 1989 with the Twin Towers which were brought down by two aircraft on September 11 2001.

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.

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.

Ground Zero in April, as seen from the yard of St. Paul’s Chapel.

Work to complete One World Trade Center.

Work to complete One World Trade Center.

Another look at One WTC.

Another look at One WTC.

Another structure coming up at Ground Zero.

Cranes working on another structure coming up at Ground Zero.


Remembering 9-11

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.

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.

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.

An altar to the victims inside St. Paul’s Chapel.

Another memorial inside St. Paul's Chapel.

Another memorial inside St. Paul’s Chapel.

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A cross forged from material found in the rubble.

A cross forged from material found in the rubble.

The interior of St. Paul's.

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.

One of two reflecting pools each positioned where the North and South Tower once stood as part of the National September 11 Memorial.

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