Across the country, millions gather to commemorate the fallen at various ceremonies on September 11th.
Today marks the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that would change the world. Seventeen years ago today, two jet aircraft, filled with passengers, crashed into the World Trade Center. All were killed on impact, with many more perishing after the intense flames of the fires weakened both towers’ structural supports, causing them to collapse.
Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on that day.
In New York, thousands gather at Memorial Plaza where Twin Towers once stood. A simple, somber memorial service reads off the names of each of the passengers, workers, and brave firefighters that died in the attacks. It takes nearly 2 hours, with multiple people switching in to announce the names to keep people’s voices from giving out.
This year, New York had an additional occasion to mark: the reopening of Cortlandt Street subway station. The station had been closed for nearly two decades after the towers fell and left an enormous hole in the roof. New York Metropolitan Transit would have gotten around to rebuilding the station sooner, but they only recently regained access to the site in 2015.
In honor of the victims, the station has been renamed WTC Cortland Station.
Shanksville Pennsylvania is another town remembering the fallen with a new monument. Called the Flight 93 National Memorial, the tower is 93 feet tall and once completed will have 40 wind-chimes to represent each of the brave passengers that fought against the hijackers and prevented an even greater catastrophe seventeen years ago.
But it’s not all doom and gloom on September 11th. Many are also remembering the good that came out of adversity and tragedy, especially when it comes to Canada. Gander Newfoundland is recalled fondly by many an American on this day after taking in 6,600 stranded passengers when all flights were grounded after the attack. Many were taken in by local families for days on end until normal flights could take them back home.
You know the best part about Canada stepping up on #September11?— Muhammad Lila (@MuhammadLila) September 11, 2018
It wasn't that Canada took in 238 planes
Or that they sheltered 35,000 strangers
Or that they filled prescriptions for free
Or that people literally left work to help
It's that you know they'd do it again. pic.twitter.com/QoN6hPkZcT
In total, Canada took in 35,000 stranded people--many of them Americans. And even though there’s currently a bit of a tiff between the current administration and Canada’s more laissez-faire leaders, there’s no question they’d do it all over again.