9/11 editorial cartoon

This weekend, we honor those who have lost their lives in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This tragic attack on the United States 20 years ago did in turn change everything in our world indefinitely.

We lost the lives of almost 3,000 people, and it is important to acknowledge and honor those who lost their lives on this day. There were many after effects of 9/11.

One of these effects is the toxic fumes that first responders and those who lived in lower Manhattan had to endure. These toxic fumes were the aftermath of the towers as they burned and fell to the ground.

According to History.com, “From 2001 to 2004, over $7 billion dollars in compensation was given to families of the 9/11 victims and the 2,680 people injured in the attacks.”

The 9/11 victim compensation fund was put in place to help these families financially because it was hard enough having to lose their loved ones.

There were also major economic repercussions from the 9/11 attacks. This included the stock market falling, unemployment rising and the damage that the attacks caused. 

According to History.com, “the estimated cost of the World Trade Center damage is $60 billion. The cost to clean the debris at Ground zero was $750 million.” 

Because of these attacks, it is important to acknowledge how far we have come as a country since then. Sept. 11 is named Patriot Day. This was created to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 and a National Day of Service and remembrance.

Michael Arad created the 9/11 memorial that has the names of all 2,983 victims engraved on 152 bronze panels. This memorial has two reflecting pools with waterfalls rushing down to where the twin towers once stood.

This beautiful memorial was opened to the public on Sept. 11, 2011. They opened it on this day because it was the 10-year anniversary of 9/11.

This weekend, it is important for us to honor those who lost their lives, reflect and realize how far we have come in the United States, and truly appreciate life because anything can happen at any given moment.

SANDRA ESPARZA is a News and Features Reporter for The Vidette. Esparza can be contacted at smespa1@ilstu.edu. Follow Esparza on Twitter at @esparzasandra21

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