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Twin Towers 911 New York by Christiaan Bekker

Twin Towers 911 New York by Christiaan Bekker

The Artwork of 9/11 shows everyone on the painting sad including the Statue of Liberty. The painting shows the twin tower getting devoured by the smoke which would represent the 2 airplanes that struck it. We could also see civilians, police and firemen not losing hope and reaching for the united states flag. A closer look to the statue of liberty we could see that there's a hole in her heart which is the american flag on fire. The painting also shows firemen raising the american flag after the the twin towers crumbled into the ground.

I myself really enjoyed the painting because it includes everything in one picture. I would buy the painting but it's worth about 1000$ which means it must be really important to the artist and wouldn't sell for a dollar because its very significant.. The painting really gets to you because it has a deep meaning on what happened before and after the tragic incident. I really admired the painting because it represent the loss of innocent people and the hope of the ones who survived it.

Kapadia, Sunil, et al. “Twin Towers 911 New York by Christiaan Bekker.” Fine Art America, fineartamerica.com/featured/twin-towers-911-new-york-christiaan-bekker.html.

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What Will You Do to Remember 9/11?

What Will You Do to Remember 9/11?

The video sends a powerful message asking us what will we do to remember 9/11. The PSA video shows people who survived the twin towers and those who lost loved ones and those who served to help the cause. The video also shows a celebrity to get more attention from the audience to agree with the commercial. The motive for the commercial was to never forget and remember the innocent people who died.

I enjoyed the video mainly because it’s sending an important message to us about never forgetting what happened. I think it’s important in creating commercials like these to help impact younger audience because to them it’s considered history. Know dis nowadays wouldn’t know what 9/11 was or us history background but creating more like these every year will help us refresh our memories about the tragic incident.

HandsOnAction. “What Will You Do? 9/11 PSA.” YouTube, YouTube, 15 Aug. 2011, www.youtube.com/watch?v=U61RvXIlxbo.

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Unforgettable 9/11 images

Unforgettable 9/11 images

The inspiration behind my third source was photography, or photojournalism. In this collection put together by CBS, they 32 unforgettable images of the 9/11 attacks take center stage. The sequence begins in the middle of the action with smoke coming out of the towers. It evolves into images of the building as it finally comes crashing to the ground. Smoke is a recurring image in just about every single picture and I think it was probably intentional to show not only show how severe the damage was, but also to show how the attacks metaphorically clouded our lives, thoughts, and emotions. America couldn’t see straight following the attacks.

These images will haunt me. I honestly feel like I would have been better off not seeing them because some were so powerful and disturbing. Most all of the pictures had smoke and serious dust and debris in them. People and buildings and were covered in this ashes of the wreckage. I can’t even imagine being at ground zero were people were watching the events unfold right before their eyes. I got a sense of American pride when I saw the colors of the red, white, and blue flag through the smoke.


Martinez, Edecio. “Unforgettable 9/11 Images.” CBS News, CBS Interactive, 12 Sept. 2012, www.cbsnews.com/pictures/unforgettable-9-11-images/10/.

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Opinion | 9/11: Finding Answers in Ashes 16 Years Later

Opinion | 9/11: Finding Answers in Ashes 16 Years Later

The second source I chose was an opinion piece from the New York Times. The author was reflecting back on the tragedies of 9/11 almost two full decades later. The author’s main point was to point out how hard it is to move on from such a tragedy. She highlighted that many of the victims were not even identified. Approximately 22,000 body parts were recovered from the rubble and only 60% have been properly identified. Many family members of those taken by the terrorists are relying on science to help identify and be able to move on with their lives.

22,000 bodies is just unbelievable. I can’t believe that we’ve only been able to identify half of those nearly 20 years later. If I had a loved one that was never found or identified, but clearly died on 9/11 I’d want answers and closure to that horrific chapter of my life. I enjoyed how the article wasn’t just stating facts, but the author made biblical references and to make sense of the tragedies by giving us a different perspective. Sometimes when I hear the stories of others and how they felt, it has a more lasting impression on me. This is certainly the case since I was a newborn essentially when this tragedy happened.

Board, The Editorial. “9/11: Finding Answers in Ashes 16 Years Later.” The New York Times, 11 Sept. 2017.

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A Journalist in Times Square on 9/11

A Journalist in Times Square on 9/11

The article describes a woman’s encounters and her experience on the day of 911. She recalls what happened and what she was doing when the 2 planes hit the World Trade Center. She describes the horrors and terror the day the planes hit when. There was chaos everywhere, people were huddled up and confused as they were watching the news at Times Square. As soon Williams found out it was a terrorist attack she felt like she was in danger due to the fact that she was in one of the most popular place in the cities. She got out of there as soon as possible and left to her uncle's job which was at the hospital so she wouldn’t have to handle the terrorizing attack alone.

Reading the article made me realize the huge scar the twin towers left behind as it's one of the most unforgettable moments in history. I wouldn’t really know what it would be like be in that state of danger but I can sympathize what she had to go through as it is tough being alone in a place that got many innocent American killed. Not that many people like myself have not experienced being terrorized face to face and hope it would never happen to us but the people in New York at the time had to handle the Destruction the planes left behind.

: Lantigua-Williams, Juleyka. “A Journalist in Times Square on 9/11.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 10 Sept. 2016, www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/09/where-i-was-on-911/499184/.

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American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper (2014)

(Film) American Sniper
Summary and Reflection: American Sniper was a top grossing war movie telling the true story of an American sniper and his tours in Iraq. His job was to protect other troops and becomes so well known that the enemy puts high rewards on his death. When Chris comes back from the war, he suffers from major PTSD and struggles to find his place as a civilian. As part of his therapy, he agrees to take another vet that is struggling with PTSD. When he takes this ex-soldier out to shoot a gun range, he is assassinated.

I like the movie because it accurately represented how war is like. So many soldiers come back from war really messed up. War is not normal. It changed people for the worse and despite Kyle being an American hero, he is clearly haunted by his experiences. It’s super sad he was trying to help injured troops as part of his healing and is ultimately killed in the process. I think Bradley Cooper did a great job playing a SEAL, he won many awards including best male actor.

“American Sniper (2014).” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt2179136/.

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