Smithsonian September 11: Remembrance and Reflection

The Smithsonian Museum is to exhibit a selection of objects found in the ruins of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon after the 9/11 attacks.

Among them is a briefcase left on the 103rd floor by a survivor who fled as the planes hit the Twin Towers. More than 50 objects collected after the attacks, which claimed 3,000 lives, will be displayed September 3 to 11 at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

"Ten years later, we will share some of those objects in a personal setting, providing an opportunity for visitors to speak with museum staff and to have a place to remember and reflect on what it means to be an American today," Museum Director Brent D. Glass said in a statement.

Visitors to the collection, amassed by the museum in 2002 after Congress designated it the official repository, will see aircraft fragments, a wall map from the Pentagon, a mangled fire truck door, as well as photographs and documents.

The objects were collected from the three crash sites of al-Qaeda's suicide attacks - the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and a field in western Pennsylvania. They will be preserved permanently at the museum so future generations can "comprehend the horrific events, their roots and their long-term consequences," according to information from the museum.

1 comment:

  1. Those Who Served

    It has been a decade since one of the most tragic events in American history
    So many of us back, nothing we could do, as we watched in horror the events of that one unforgettable day
    One deranged man, took it upon himself, to make sure death and destruction, the whole world would see
    The plan, he inniuated, he did this awful act with no thought and without delay.

    Almost three thousand were lost that day, these innocent souls never knew the way they would serve
    They gave the ultimate, some dying so fast, they never realized, they gave their lives, but not in vain
    As all this was going on we just couldn't believe someone would have this kind of nerve
    The pain and anguish that was felt, tears would fall, just like an unending rain.

    When the tragedy occurred, it made us realize, just how vulnerable, we really were
    Yes at the time we were weak, but their deaths, they just made us more determined and strong
    Those that would serve, from this insane man, they could not deter
    What happened that day was insane an very wrong.

    Imprinted on history and time are the feelings and the emotions of those who served
    The anguish, the anticipation of death, and the holes left in the hearts of loved ones
    Those that served, from the duty fate handed them, they did not serve
    Their deaths on the shoulders of us all it weighed a ton.

    Those who served, gave their lives, by no choice of their own
    But their deaths, made us more aware, aware of the evils that in this world exist
    From this terrible tragedy in 2001, we have only got stronger and grown
    Making us realize radicals and those that want to hurt us truly exist.

    Those who served, their grave would become known as ground zero
    And now on the grave site, we now have the Tower of Freedom
    A way to honor those who served, they will forever be our heroes
    So forever we will honor those who served and paid such a tremendous sum.

    Lanaia Lee


Thank you for visiting Remember 9/11. Please leave your comment here. Let us Never Forget.