In the movie, 9/11 Fifteen Years Later, it not only talks about the 9/11 event, but it also talks about how the firefighters and other people reacted to the attack. The movie was a film inside of a movie. The movie, 9/11 fifteen years later, starred another film that was made the day of the attack. The film was a documentary directed by two French brothers, Jules and Gédéon Naudet. These two brothers had come to America to film firefighters, they just so happened to be friends with one of the New York firefighters, so they were stationed there for a couple months. They started the documentary back in June. For months they followed the firefighters around to film what they do and how they do it. On that day, September 11, 2001, they went on a basic call about a possible chemical leak in the sewers. At 8:46 am, they were filming the firefighters read the sewers with a chemical reading machine. At the exact moment, the first plane had hit the north tower. These brothers were the first and only people to film the north tower being hit. One brother, Jules Naudet, actually followed the firefighters into the building and filmed the building on fire and it crashing down onto them. The other brother got the shot from the outside and filmed the buildings collapse and the people’s reaction to it happening. The movie, 9/11 Fifteen Years Later, displayed this film and went back, fifteen year later, to all of the firefighters that survived the attack. They filmed what they did knowing what they learned that day, most of them became fire chiefs, building inspectors, or fire safety regulators. In my opinion, I loved the movie. It not only gave another perspective to the attack, but it also made it so much more real. It’s one thing to see a picture of the attack and another thing to watch it happen, with the public crying and the dead bodies on the floor covered in blankets, people jumping out the windows. It made the viewers feel the firefighters emotions, to see what they were seeing. It was horrifying, yet interesting to get a whole new perspective. Cullen, Hanlon, Renee, James, Actor. 9/11: Fifteen Years Later. Denis Leary2016. Hulu, www.hulu.com/watch/1104316. Accessed 12 June 2018.
This interview is from a woman named, Deborah Weiss. Deborah was a survivor from the 9/11 attack. At the time of the attack she was in her apartment, which was the closest residence from the WTC (World Trade Center). She said that at first she thought nothing of the noise, she thought that she lived in New York, loud noises happen all the time. It wasn’t until she heard on the radio what had happened. After the second plane hit, her apartment lights flickered and then turned off and her building started to rumble and she fell to the ground. She and her cat then went to the lobby, once the tower started to collapse, her building was evacuated. She and approximately 15 others boarded a farry and went to New Jersey. Since all of the cell towers were out she wasn’t able to communicate with anyone to find information about her apartment. She eventually found another apartment 2 months later when she got word that her apartment had been condemned because of the smoke and debris. In the interview, she talked about her experience as a first hand witness to the attack. I believe that she is incredibly lucky to be alive, she almost didn’t leave her apartment. She said that if she didn’t have her radio on when the attack happened, she would have stayed in her apartment. One part of her story didn’t make sense to me, she said that she didn’t hear anything other than a huge noise and people screaming, I don’t understand why she didn’t look out her window if she heard screaming and a huge crash. You would think that she would looked out immediately to see what was happening. Gordon, Jerry. New English Review, Sept. 2014, http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm/frm/167461/sec_id/167461.
After almost 3,000 innocent lives were lost because of the 9/11 attack, the artist Manju Shandler, created a mural containing images of the lives that were lost because of that day. She either painted or drew all of the 3,000 people. Each painting was different from the other. Some were simply stick figures, others full portraits. She had created this mural to make the public fully understand what had happened and who it happened to. It’s easy to forget about the attack for people that have no ties to it. She created these paintings to remind those people and to also tribute to the people that lost their lives. In my opinion, she went above and beyond the expectations. When she told people that she made a mural for all of the lost people, no one had expected that she had painted every single person that had died because of the attack. She not only painted a representation of the person, but she also did it so that once they were all put together they made a painting themselves. 9/11 Memorial,National September 11 Memorial & Museum, http://rendering.911memorial.org/artists/manju-shandler/ .Accessed 11 June 2018.
On the website, Remembering 9/11 With Indelible Pictures, it not only shows images of the attack, but it also shows images of the people, the firefighters, and the horror itself. This site also explains at the bottom on the page, what is happening in the picture and why they are showing it. The first image they show is the new building that they constructed. This image also displays the people in the background, representing that yet our country has moved on, it will never forget this terrifying attack. The other images explain visually the attack as it happened or immediately after. One image actually shows the second plane going half way into the south tower. Most of the images contain the twin towers on fire or the second plane going through the south tower, the other images were more horrifying. Those images were of people jumping out the building, people crying, and others running out of the crumbling buildings. In my opinion, these images weren’t as horrifying as people might say. That may be, because that type of illustration doesn’t bother me as much as it does for others. Finding pictures of the first plane hitting the north tower is incredibly rare because people couldn’t get their cameras out fast enough, one second it was in the sky and the next it was in the tower. Most pictures you find are of the second tower, like the ones in this gallery. PLATT, SPENCER, et al. Remembering 9/11 With Indelible Pictures, National Geographic Society, 11 Sept. 2011, https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/09/pictures/110908-about-911-september-9-11-twin-world-trade-center-towers-indelible/
This opinion article talks about a bumper sticker that was made after the attack, the bumper sticker read “never forget” (The Editorial). This bumper sticker has a message behind it, it represents the grief from the nation's citizens and everyone involved in the attack. The sticker was said to represent the 2,996 people that died that day, that number does not count the thousands of people that had died or became violently ill because of the smoke and debris. At first, I didn’t understand why someone would write an article about a bumper sticker, but once I read over the short article a second time, I realized that it wasn’t just about a bumper sticker on a couple of cars, it was about the symbolism behind it. Those short two words, “never forget” (The Editorial) holds an extraordinary amount of meaning. It not only reminds people about the attack on our country, but it also pays respects to all of the people that died because of that attack. The Editorial Board. “Will We Always Remember 9/11?” The New York Times, 11 Sept. 2015, www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/opinion/will-we-always-remember-9-11.html
This article not only talks about the event, but also how it happened and who did it. They stated that he attack was from 19 Islamic terrorists associated with the extremist group al-Qaeda, led by Osama Bin Laden. Once the first plane hit the north tower, it was said to be a freak accident, after the second plane hit the south tower, it was declared to be an attack on our country. The article also stated that Osama Bin Laden had intended to attack our country as retaliation for America helping Israel in the involvement in the Persian Gulf War. The article also exclaimed that the third terrorist infected plane hit the Pentagon as an attack on our military. The fourth terrorist infected plane was intended to crash into the White House, but thankfully the pilot was able to regain some control and crashed the plane into a nearby field. The article also states that a total of 2,996 people were killed because of the attack, that number includes “343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police officers and 37 Port Authority police officers” (History.com). Before reading this article, I didn't know much about 9/11 except from stories. It gave a different perspective to the event. Before it was just a story people would share, but once I read the article, it was different. Reading the facts about the amount of innocent lives lost, who did the attacking and why, it was as if I saw it happen. I always knew how it happened, but I never fully understood who, what, and why. This article made the attack easier to visualize, it had full detail and facts about the attack. History.com Staff. “9/11 Attacks.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2010, www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks.