The shock has receded and the Ground Zeroes have been repaired, yet the damage that was done of September 11, 2001, is still remembered.  It should be.  Almost 3,000 innocent people lost their lives that day at the hands of a few Islamic terrorists who hated our nation and its people so much that they willingly committed suicide. 

Hate will do that.  It has no redeeming feature whatsoever.  Hatred consumes the mind, body, and soul.  It is irrational and destructive.    

The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center before 9/11/2001

On 9/11/2001, hate also consumed the lives of 2,996 innocent people, most of them perishing at the World Trade Center in New York City.   This is what Ground Zero in Manhattan looked like:

The devastation after the World Trade Center collapse

Of the 2,726 who died in the World Trade Center, according to Center for Disease Control records,

the median age was 39 years, with ages ranging from 2 years old to 81 years old;

2,103 were male, and 623 were female;

2,066 were white, 258 were Hispanic, 215 were Black, 176 were Asian/Pacific Islander, and 11 were other or unknown;

1,762 resided in New York, 674 in New Jersey, 90 in Massachusetts, 63 in Connecticut, 29 in California, 27 in Pennsylvania, and 27 in a foreign nation; the others who perished lived in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.

This is what hate looked like on 9/11 as it unfolded (video from the History Channel):

9/11 brought a nation together in a way nothing had in a long while.  Recalling that day, Michael Toscano recently wrote, “Never in my life had I felt such sadness; nor had I experienced such unity. Everywhere you looked, total strangers were weeping together in a heap. Hearty chants of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” echoed in the night.”

Despite Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s effort to cancel this year’s 9/11 Tribute in Light, it will go on.  That’s good.  Hate should never be allowed to defeat us.

9/11 Tribute in Light