For every generation there is a single event so powerful that everyone remembers where they were when it happened. For my mother’s generation, it was the assassination of JFK. For my grandmother’s generation, it was Pearl Harbor. For me, personally, there are two: the day the Challenge Space Shuttle blew up, and 9/11.
The video embedded in the page below was originally a Flash movie created as an expression of grief over the tragic events on September 11, 2001. There was not, nor is there now, any intent to profit from the use of the images or sounds included.
The song, Find the Cost of Freedom, was taken from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s album entitled So Far (Atlantic Recording, 1974). Originally, the song was one of protest over the lives lost during the Viet Nam conflict, but its message of grief and lamentation is timeless.
The images came from a variety of sources. The opening image of the World Trade Center as seen from the Hudson River was taken from GreatBuildings.com. Images of the attack and it aftermath came from the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Defense Department, and other sources.
Special thanks to Tim@fatwallet.com and all the contributors of images of memorials from around the globe. Those images are now mirrored all over the Internet.
As we remember the events of September 11 and the losses that day brought, let use also remember to give thanks for the blessings we have today.