Eleven years on from the 9/11 terror attacks, which claimed 2,817 lives, the world still remembers.
Families and friends are relieved to have passed the 10th anniversary in 2011, after the media made the pervasive reminder of the terrifying images, making it impossible for an innocent mind to escape.
Cindy McGinty, whose husband perished in the World Trade Center in the September 11 attacks, told Boston News that it was like reliving a nightmare.
“It seemed like every time you turned on the TV, the towers were falling,” said McGinty. “All the days of build-up, you just couldn’t get away from it.”
This year’s remembrance has seen ongoing support for victims and loved ones, marking the everlasting mourning from the world. The pain, however rich and heart-wrenching, will always be matched with honourable respect from much of the world.
In a haunting twist, a New York family has been handed a letter, just over a decade later, consisting of the handwriting of Connecticut resident Randy Scott, who lost his life during 9/11.
The scrap note had the rushed words, “84th Floor west office 12 people trapped” scrawled across the paper. DNA testing of blood found on the note confirmed the author to be Mr Scott.
None of the 12 survived.
Mr Scott’s widow, Denise, said the note has opened up raw wounds for the grieving family.
“I spent 10 years hoping that Randy wasn’t trapped in that building,” Denise told the Stanford Advocate.
“The minute I saw it I didn’t need to see the DNA test,” she told the paper. “I saw the handwriting. It’s Randy’s handwriting.”
Rest in peace to all the victims of 9/11. Thoughts and prayers are with those who were affected by the tragedy. Never will we forget.
Source: Boston News, Stanford Advocate and Perth Now.