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United with patriotism

To the Editor:

Some time has passed after the horrible event of Sept. 11, but it is still hurting me like it all happened just yesterday.

I remember the moment when I saw on television the World Trade Center collapse; I just could not believe my eyes that the most recognizable buildings in America had disappeared, and that in a matter of a few seconds, thousands of innocent civilians' lives were taken away so easily.

It is difficult for me to put into words the way I felt at the moment when I finally realized that those buildings were actually gone. Unfortunately, we cannot bring the victims back to life, but we can rebuild the WTC to show the terrorists that it is not that easy to bury American pride, because no matter what, we are strong and a united nation, and now we feel even closer to one another because we have a common loss that we will help each other to get over.

The twin towers carried a greater purpose than just being the trade center of the world. They were a symbol of New York, they were the tallest buildings in America, and also I am sure that they meant something to many people because they represented American pride.

I recently moved to Grosse Pointe from New York City. To me, personally, the towers meant something special because that part of Manhattan was one of my favorite places in New York. I remember there was this beautiful fountain in front of the towers. It had a shape of a golden sphere; it represented the world and peace on earth how ironic.

Then, there were benches, trees and flowers all around the fountain; the place was totally gorgeous and attracted many people: from businessmen during their lunch break, to tourists and folks from different countries and nations.

I used to hang out there with my friends a lot, and we never thought that some day this place would become a bunch of ruins with thousands of people buried underneath, and we would have only our pictures and memories left of it. Also there was my favorite shopping mall right next to the WTC. Now there is only one-third left of it.

Fortunately, Manhattan can be rebuilt, but what about all those people whose lives were cruelly stolen? What about their families, whose hearts can never be rebuilt?

What upsets me the most is that the majority of the victims were young businessmen, the future generation, who had lives and careers ahead of them.

I have a friend who worked on the 95th floor of the WTC. She is a student of New York University. Happily, she was lucky enough to be five minutes late to work that day. When she got there, it was already after the first plane crashed into the north tower, so security did not let her in. Then, as she was leaving, she saw people jumping out of the windows. She thought that they could have been her co-workers.

As I have said, I am from New York, and I am really amazed to feel all this sympathy and patriotism here, in Grosse Pointe, where some of the people have never even been to New York. When I see all the flags displayed in front of Grosse Pointe homes, as patriotic support, I feel that I am not grieving alone. I know that I am not the only one who feels the pain, I feel the support, I know that we are united.

I have no doubt that America will survive in this war against terrorism and that we will show the whole world that we are a stronger nation than someone might think, because we are all united.

It hurts me to comprehend that it took us thousands of deaths of innocent people and two ruined symbols of America to understand that we Americans should always stick together whether we are experiencing good or bad times.

Veronica Voskresenskaya

Grosse Pointe South High School Student

Grosse Pointe Park

Veronica Voskresenskaya
March 07, 2002

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