Saturday, September 11, 2010

In Remembrance - The Victims of 9/11 - Never Forget

I suppose my hope is that, if nothing else, this film reminds audiences 9/11 is more than an event, that its core it was about decent, wonderful people whose lives were tragically cut short.

~Nick Osborne - Producer

Today is the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. It is very important for us to remember those 2,977 lives that were cut short, some for just going to work that day, others for trying to help save as many others as they could.

Screenwriter Will Fetters was partially inspired by individual portraits that were written about some of the victims of the attack. These portraits help us to see the individuals, not the statistics. The New York Times story and the links to these portraits are linked below. Please take some time to read.

Especially on this day, please keep the victims and their families and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Honor their memory - Never Forget.

September 11: Portraits of Grief
~New York Times

Three days after the September 11 attacks, reporters at The New York Times, armed with stacks of the homemade missing-persons fliers that were papering the city, began dialing the numbers on the fliers, interviewing friends and relatives of the missing and writing brief portraits, or sketches, of their lives.

The portraits were never meant to be obituaries in any traditional sense. They were brief, informal and impressionistic, often centered on a single story or idiosyncratic detail. They were not intended to recount a person's résumé, but rather to give a snapshot of each victim's personality, of a life lived. And they were democratic; executive vice presidents and battalion chiefs appeared alongside food handlers and janitors. Each profile was roughly 200 words. In the weeks that followed the attacks, amid nonstop news coverage of the disaster and the war, reading "Portraits of Grief" became a ritual for people nationwide.

To read and to remember the lives that were lost on September 11th, please visit The New York Times portraits here :
New York Times "Portraits of Grief"

You can leave your own tribute here:
List of Victims and Tributes - World Trade Center
List of Victims and Tributes - Pentagon and Flights


WhyIstheRumAlwaysGone said...

Thank you Kat for posting this and the links. I discovered the portraits of grief only a few months ago, and went there to read some of them, but I could not read many - it made me too sad. But the idea is beautiful because it gives a faces to those who were lost. Thanks for this tribute.

jessegirl said...

Yes, Kat, it is so important not to forget. Thank you for this post on the anniversary of that terrible day.

LTavares2010 said...

Thank you for posting it and the links. People must not forget a tragedy like 9/11 and many others that happened and unfortunately still happen in the whole world.

jessegirl said...

I will come back and link to the profiles later, Kat, because it is too hard now. On 9/11 this year I watched a number of specials on TV about it and I'm afraid that the horror of how those people died, as well as the fact of their deaths, has a physical effect on me. Stupendous rage and impotence and a queasy stomach are not a good emotional cocktail. When I get past that I'll revisit the profiles.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to all involved in this unbelievable time, to all the familys who lost a very close loved one, may God give them the strength to carry on...when I saw what happened from Dublin on T.V. it shocked me, and to this day can not believe it happened. Too the familys that suffered..I love America and have been 4 times, but yet to make it to New York and I will so all take xxx

Anonymous said...

Sorry my ending was to Take Care xxx

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