It seems like only yesterday that I watched those terrible images on CNN of the Twin Towers burning and collapsing on this day in 2001.
Nine years on and who can forget all the images of tragedy?
- Nearly 3,000 people died in this mass murder in all the places touched by terror on this day
- Representing more than 90 different nationalities
- More than 6,200 were injured
The picture above – used here under a Creative Commons license – is called “Tribute in Light” by photographer Francisco Diez. It’s an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center in New York to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks.
While forgiveness may be be very hard for some, it would be good to think that, in the wake of 9/11, bridges are being built between people and communities of different faiths and beliefs. That’s never really seemed to be the case since that fateful day; if anything, gaps look as wide as they’ve ever been when you hear about the Florida pastor who has threatened to burn the Koran unless a planned Islamic centre and mosque is relocated away from Ground Zero.
A never-ending tragedy, it seems.