Gone But Not Forgotten

September 14, 2001


Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster; Martin Ruzek

President Bush proclaimed that today (September 14) would be a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance. The above photo is from a web cam taken shortly after noon on September 13 in Newark, New Jersey. A pall of smoke hangs over this empty silhouette of Manhattan. Photos from the same web cam were used for the Earth Science Picture of the Day for June 29, 2001 - New York City Skyline Disappears. That photo double showed the New York skyline on a clear day, with the Twin Towers prominent, and on a hazy day when the skyline disappeared.

Several thousand lives were lost in the terrorist attacks in New York, near Washington D.C.(the Pentagon Building) and in southwestern Pennsylvania. Like the Twin Towers, these people are no longer with us but will not be forgotten. As was the case with December 7, 1941, September 11, 2001 is a day that will live in infamy. However, it'll take more than cowardly terrorist attacks on innocent people to bring down the United States of America. "Government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth."

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