I was a senior in high school when I got word that a plane hit one of the World Trade Center towers. I remember watching, assuming that the pilot got off course. But less than 20 minutes later, when the second tower was struck by yet another plane, I knew that wasn’t the case.
Nearly 10 years later, now working as a media journalist, I stood in the same place where those towers fell. Today, following the killing of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks, President Obama marked the occasion—of what many feel as justice being served—with a wreath laying ceremony and a moment of silence at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza site.
Today the country honored and celebrated the life and bravery of the nearly 3,000 people who died, illustrating the mantra that has become a part of that unforgettable day: “We will never forget.” Here are some photos, taken by BLACK ENTERPRISE, from the event.
Officers carry the wreath to the memorial site.
President Obama enters, flanked by NY GovernorAndrew Cuomo and Mayor Mike Bloomberg.
Servicemen stand at full attention during the greeting ceremony.
Obama greeting officers who represent the first responders.
Obama giving well wishes and gratitude to officers from the New York City police and fire departments.
The laying of the wreath was followed by a moment of silence in honor of those who fell victim during the 9/11 attacks.
Congressman Charlie Rangel was among the attendees.
Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg greet officers with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
A young man remembers a loved one at today’s memorial service.
Attendees left personal and symbolic items at the site to pay homage to those lost in the attacks.
A plaque that honors the first responders.
American flags and flowers left at the wall where the names of those who died are written.
The star spangled banner waves high over the memorial site.
September 11, 2001 a day the world will never forget