The South Asian Times

18 September 2019 01:31 AM

9-11 In Remembrance: My Perspective

By Sunil Tolani

On September 11, people will go to work, students will go to school, housewives will be busy and politicians will be tearing down our nation and another mass shooter will be out there somewhere. But 18 years ago, on 9/11, the day felt anything but normal. I remember that morning in our office in Fullerton, we closed it for the day and sent everyone to be with their families and pray to their faiths and beliefs. 

The terrorist attacks that took place on 09/11/2001, turned our world upside down and struck fear and anger into the hearts of millions. For my fellow Americans who were victims of international terrorism and people watching on television, or those who lost loved ones, the images of that day will never be forgotten. The attacks that day will stay with us as the defining moment. 9/11 is a day of remembrance for those who were taken too soon and for those who sacrificed their lives to save others.

9/11 is an unfortunate event that we, as Americans, have witnessed and suffered through together -- the attacks hurt the entire country. We should remember 9/11 because there is a greater need today, now more than ever, to remind us that we are one nation despite our differences, the craziness of media and political battles.

Last year, we took 12 years old Krish and 11 years old Aryan and spent a whole day learning about New York’s resilience at the 9/11 Tribute Museum and One World Observatory. Lower Manhattan’s history and the events of 9/11 as they unfold through the 9/11 Tribute Museum galleries with guided tours, saw the city’s resilience first hand at the top of the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

We explored the Museum’s galleries to learn about the historic events of the 9/11 attacks, the unprecedented rescue and recovery operations, and the tremendous spirit of support and generosity that followed. We also listened to personal experiences of survival, loss, and healing from people that were there, and visit important sites near Ground Zero through a Guided Tour of the 9/11 Memorial led by 9/11 survivors, family members of lost loved ones, first responders, recovery workers, and people who lived and worked in Lower Manhattan at the time of the attacks.

Friend, if you have not yet, visit and put the history and stories into perspective by museum visit with a trip to the One World Observatory. Positioned on levels 100, 101, and 102 of the One World Trade Center building, One World Observatory provides unique, panoramic views of New York City, its most iconic sites and surrounding waters. These three floors allow visitors an incomparable space to reflect and remember the events of 9/11 and, together with the World Trade Center building itself, act as an enduring beacon of hope and determination for people all around the world.

Today we continue to fight for our most sacred possession: the right to live as a free people. When I see the flag waving or hear “The Star-Spangled Banner,” pledge my allegiance to the flag, I feel a real sense of pride. I truly hope our nation never forgets, because I know I never will – FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!

9/11 reminds us what it means to come together despite our differences on race, nationality, religion and status in society and what not. This day reminds millions of immigrants like me the greatness of United States of America.

Los Angeles, Calif

Update: 08 Sep, 2019