A Moment of Silence

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 14, 2008

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Seven Years After the Attacks on 9/11, We Honor Those Who Died

New York City’s Memorial Field was sprinkled with American flags last year. Each flag was inscribed with the name of a person who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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Members of the FDNY participate in a September 11 ceremony at the New York City Fire Museum, where they presented wreaths in memory of the 343 firefighters were killed at Ground Zero.

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A total of 2,726 people lost their lives in the attacks on September 11. Today, families visit the reflecting pool at the World Trade Center site to lay flowers, mourn and pay their respects.

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As a sign of rebuilding, this T-shaped steel beam was bolted outside St. Peter’s Church in New York City. Named the “Ground Zero Cross,” the beams were once part of the World Trade Center.

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A total of 2,726 people lost their lives in the attacks on September 11. Today, families visit the reflecting pool at the World Trade Center site to lay flowers, mourn and pay their respects.

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The day after the attacks, a local New York City artist painted this mural in memory of family and friends.

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Melodie Homer, a 9/11 widow, lost her husband Leroy Homer, Jr., co-pilot on United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed into an open field in Shanksville, Pa.

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Many people perished at the Pentagon attack site in Washington, DC. Abraham Scott holds up a book showing a photo of his wife, Janice who was working there when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the building.

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Joseph Jones’ wife, Felicia Dunn-Jones, died of lung disease five months after inhaling toxic smoke resulting from the debris from the fallen World Trade Center buildings. He stands with the couple’s portrait at a memorial service last year.

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Veronica Bonsu worked at the Windows on the World restaurant, atop the World Trade Center’s north tower, on the 107th floor. Here, she stands in silence in remembrance of friends and co-workers.

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Images from that day are still eerily haunting. Here, the early morning sun rises behind the Pentagon, two days after the attacks.

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According to the Center For Disease Control, 215 Blacks died in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks. The smoke could be seen for miles across New York City.

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