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Remembering World Trade Center Terrorist Attacks in 2001. Photos : Roy Steel (2001) and eEyeCam (2007). Illustration: eEyeCam

7th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks in World Trade Center


New York, September 11, 2008- The Twin Towers at the World Trade Center (WTC) were two of the tallest buildings in the world and one of the iconic landmarks of the USA until September 11, 2001. Today, New York City and families of the 2,751 victims hosted the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks which destroyed the twin towers.


After the attacks of both the WTC twin towers. Photos courtesy: Roy Steele

My American friend Roy Steele photographed the twin towers during the attacks
(see above and below) from a vantage point near his home in Jersey City. Today, I took photos of Ground Zero, where the towers once stood. I now live in Jersey City and whenever I go to Queens, New York where many American Nepalese live, I pass this site, and feel disbelief that those two 110 floor buildings no longer exist.
  In 1998, I went to the top floor of one of the towers while in New York to attend an United Nations meeting. While there I recorded my visit in an automatic photo booth which I later used in one of my books published in 2000. I still find it difficult to believe that this tragedy happened in this great country.

Today, when my Nepali friend Shailesh Shrestha called me to attend his and his colleagues' 9/11 memorial event at their restaurant Colors in Manhattan, New York I went there like I did last year. He used to work for the Top of the World Restaurant which was located on the 106th floor in one of the towers. Shailesh survived because he had late duty on 9/11/2001.


Shailesh with his wife Anjana and daughter Suyasha. Photo: eEyeCam

Today, seven years later, Ground Zero is still a busy construction site
(see my (eEyeCam) photos below). Yes, our lives should not halt just because some ill hands try to pull us down. Life should move on. So is our world capital city of New York City.

-Pradeep Thapa Magar in New Jersey. Comments? 551-358-7726

» Remembering 9/11: Tragedy...And a New Hope (27 photos)
   7th Anniversary of September 11 Terrorist Attacks in World Trade Center
»
Read 9/11 commemoration Remarks by President George W. Bush
» Read 9/11 commemoration Remarks by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
» Who were behind the WTC terrorist attacks?
» The World Trade Center Fact File
» THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT
    Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States


World Trade Center: Now & Then

Now: September 11, 2008


Today as seen at the Ground Zero. Photo: eEyeCam


Inside Ground Zero. Photo: eEyeCam


Inside Ground Zero. Photo: eEyeCam


Outside Ground Zero. Photo: eEyeCam


WTC Tourist Information Center Booth. Photo: eEyeCam


Photo: eEyeCam


A Cross at Ground Zero. Photo: eEyeCam


Activists Noah and Sarah. Photo: eEyeCam


Activists Tony Cerro and Shane Geiger. "Geiger doesn't believe things he hasn't verified." The real story
here is the so many people believe the government story, yet it is obviously very flawed. Photo: eEyeCam


Victims photos at Ground Zero site. Photo: eEyeCam


Flag of Honor. Photo: eEyeCam


Helicopter patrolling Ground Zero. Photo: eEyeCam


The City of New York commemorated the seventh anniversary of 9/11 at the World Trade Center site on the morning of Thursday, September 11th. The "Tribute in Light" will return for one night on September 11, 2008, beginning at sunset and fading away at dawn on September 12th. Photo courtesy: nyc.gov


Mayor Bloomberg hosts a visit to ground zero on the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center with Presidential Candidates Senator Barak Obama and Senator John McCain. September 11, 2008
(Photo Credit: Kristen Artz) Photo courtesy: nyc.gov



Mayor Bloomberg hosts a visit to ground zero on the seventh anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center with Presidential Candidates Senator Barak Obama and Senator John McCain. September 11, 2008
(Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker) Photo courtesy: nyc.gov


President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney and Mrs. Lynne Cheney stand at attention during the observance Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, on the South Lawn of the White House of the seventh anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. White House photo by Eric Draper. Photo courtesy: whitehouse.gov



Saru Jayaraman, Executive Director of ROC-United (Restaurant Opportunities Center of NY (ROCK NY) at Colors Restaurant 9/11 memorial event. Photo: eEyeCam


Rekha Eanni, Co-director of ROC-NY. Photo: eEyeCam


Author Fekkak Mamdouh. Photo: eEyeCam


The Accidental American by Rinku Sen with Fekkak Mamdouh which was released today.


Author Rinku Sen. Photo: eEyeCam


Rinku and Tek Gurung, Chair, Nepalese Democratic Youth Forum (NDYF) Photo: eEyeCam

Then: September 11, 2001


After the attacks of both the WTC twin towers. Photos courtesy: Roy Steele


Photos courtesy: Roy Steele


After the collapse of one of the WTC twin towers.
Photos courtesy: Roy Steele (Read profile) for NepalDirectory.Org


In 2007. Photos: eEyeCam


WTC site. in August, 2007 Photos: eEyeCam


Sun set at WTC site. August, 2007. Photos: eEyeCam

Who were behind the WTC terrorist attacks?
19 terrorists were affiliated with al-Qaeda, an Islamist extremist group whose principal leader is Osama bin Laden, hijacked four US commercial passenger jet airliners. Each team of hijackers included a trained pilot in each plane.

Who (19 terrorists) were on the plane?
In Flight 11: Mohamed Atta, Satam al-Suqami, Waleed al-Shehri, Wail al-Shehri, Abdulaziz al-Omari

In Flight 175: Marwan al-Shehhi, Fayez Banihammad, Mohand al-Shehri, Hamza al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Ghamdi

In Flight 77: Hani Hanjour, Khalid al-Mihdhar, Majed Moqed, Nawaf al-Hazmi, Salem al-Hazmi

In Flight 93: Ziad Jarrah, Ahmed al-Nami, Saeed al-Ghamdi, Ahmed al-Haznawi

The airliners which crashed into Twin Towers:

1. United Airlines Flight 175: WTC South Tower at 9:02:59 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (13:02:59 UTC)

2. American Airlines Flight 11: WTC North Tower at 8:46:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (12:46:30 UTC)

Other airliners and crashed locations:

1.American Airlines Flight 77: The Pentagon, Arlington County, Virginia, near Washington, D.C., USA at 9:37:46 a.m. local time (13:37:46 UTC)

2. United Airlines Flight 93: near the town of Shanksville, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA at 10:03:11 a.m. local time (14:03:11 UTC).

Total number killed in WTC attacks (official figure as of 09/11/08): 2,751

The World Trade Center Fact File

‘The World Trade Center in New York City (sometimes informally referred to as the WTC or the Twin Towers) was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, mostly designed by American architect Minoru Yamasaki and engineer Leslie Robertson and developed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

It was initiated in 1960 by a Lower Manhattan Association created and chaired by David Rockefeller, who had the original idea of building the Center, with strong backing from the then-New York governor, his brother Nelson Rockefeller. The World Trade Center, New York, like most all World Trade Centers located around the globe, belonged to the family of World Trade Centers Association. Larry Silverstein held the most recent lease to the complex, the Port Authority having leased it to him in July 2001. The complex, located in the heart of New York City's downtown financial district, contained 13.4 million square feet (1.24 million m²) of office space, almost four percent of Manhattan's entire office inventory at that time.

Best known for its iconic 110-story twin towers, the World Trade Center was beset by a fire on February 13, 1975 and a bombing on February 26, 1993. Despite the first two disasters, the World Trade Center was a part of New York City's identity and was recognized all over the world as an icon for the United States of America.

All of the original buildings in the complex were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks. One World Trade Center (1 WTC) and Two World Trade Center (2 WTC)-the North Tower and South Tower, respectively, collapsed, as did 7 World Trade Center (7 WTC).

The Marriott World Trade Center (3 WTC) was crushed by the collapses of 1 WTC and 2 WTC. 4 World Trade Center (4 WTC), 5 World Trade Center (5 WTC), and 6 World Trade Center (6 WTC) were damaged beyond repair and later demolished. In addition, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (not part of the complex) was destroyed by the collapse of 2 WTC; the Deutsche Bank Building was damaged beyond repair and is currently being deconstructed.’ Courtesy: http://en.wikipedia.org

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Read 9/11 commemoration Remarks by President George W. Bush
» Read 9/11 commemoration Remarks by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
» Who were behind the WTC terrorist attacks?
» The World Trade Center Fact File
» THE 9/11 COMMISSION REPORT
    Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
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