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Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembrance

Today is a day of remembrance and being in NYC on this day had even greater meaning for me that any other year.

This morning I tweeted a photo of The Falling Man with the words “Being in this city on this day...#NeverForget”. Immediately after I posted it, I saw that people became outraged & I removed it realizing a lot of people may not know or understand the meaning behind the photo. I apologize if I offended anyone and anyone that felt I was being disrespectful. It was not my intention. 

I was honoring and mourning the loss of people that never returned home to their families; the sons, daughters, brothers, mothers, friends, and family that never returned home with a photo that has made an impact across the world. I can’t apologize for a part of history and a photo called, The Falling Man that was published in The New York Times the day after the attacks. The photo was taken by Richard Drew and was published by newspapers across the world. He, too, had received scrutiny and hate over the photo, but he stood by it knowing that as painful as it was to see it for some, he knew it was important for a part of history. 

He wasn’t the only one and in 2003, Esquire published an article regarding the story behind the photo, which later was made into a documentary called, “The Falling Man."  (found on Hulu + google).

This documentary has touched me more than any other documentary. How journalists scouted whom this man was to give peace to his family. It showed the horror and pain of all the people that suffered. I cried so much because it’s so unfair that thousands of people were given these choices in life. However, they did choose to have a voice and freedom. We live in America and we have the freedom to be able to choose the way we live and so did they. September 11 makes us all remember the horrific day and the horrific actions of others on this country. Hate is a powerful thing. 

9/11 is a day that has impacted millions of people around the globe, including myself. Photos, words and videos are essential in remembering days that will never be forgotten by those who lived through it, but for those who will need to learn about it. Historical and horrific events are hard to face, but we learn about them so the world will not repeat them. 

For those who felt I did something wrong, I apologize to you, but I ask one thing of you. Watch the documentary. Read the story. Hopefully this will help you understand my intentions and join me in a day of respect when people should be honoring, not hating. 

God Bless.