The first thing that comes to mind when we think of September 11, 2001 are the tragic events that marked the most fatal day in U.S. history, the 2,997 lives we lost and the brave emergency workers who sacrificed their lives to save the fearful civilians of New York. Of the 2,997 lives America lost, 411 of the individuals were emergency workers. It’s important we remember the helpless civilian lives we lost as well as the brave men and women who died while serving. Cypress College memorialized the tragic date by placing 2,997 miniature American flags in the grass.
We don’t often consider the people who were inadvertently affected. David Handschuh, a New York Daily News photojournalist, is responsible for bringing us widely known images captured on one of the most historical days in U.S. history. He was crushed by falling debris that broke both his legs and left him temporarily unable to walk. He was among many other photographers who weren’t only documenting the events for the following days newspaper but were recording history.
While remembering the people who died on 9/11, we must also consider the people who didn’t lose their lives, but lost their livelihood. The tragic events which took place on 9/11 changed America forever while the fear and unity of American people will always be remembered. The horror. The solidarity. The resilience. The fight.