New Yorker from Bukidnon: Caution, vigilance on 9/11 10th anniversary

MALAYBALAY CITY – (13 September 2011) There was caution and vigilance around New York City on the day the world marked the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, former Bukidnon State University vice president Edmundo Lungay, said in his email update to Bukidnon News.

Lungay, now based in New York City, said there was “double alert” in the city, better known as the “Big Apple.”

“Officials like NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg are not leaving things to chances,” Lungay quoted in his update on the day of the anniversary, 10 years after terrorists attacked the United States.

Close to 3,000 died in the September 11 attacks, a series of four coordinated suicide attacks upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C., area on September 11, 2001.On that day, terrorists from the group suspected to be al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours.

Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker’s intended target in Washington, D.C.

Ten years later, the victims’ families gathered in Lower Manhattan, where more than 2,700 people died in the collapse of the twin towers, as well as at the Pentagon, which was hit by a third jet, and in a Pennsylvania field.

Historians said the attacks changed the course of modern history. The New York Times reported that the anniversary commemoration comes in a world where the al-Qaeda threat might be crippled, but the threat of terrorism is still there and might take another aim at helpless and unknowing victims.

“We can say we turned a corner with Al Qaeda but we can’t say we turned a corner in the war on terrorism,” The NYT quoted Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert from Georgetown University.

US President Barack Obama, former president George Bush and their spouses marked the day with a solemn visit to the Ground Zero fountain at the site of the ruins of the World Trade Center to mark the anniversary. Both stood together at the site listening as family members read the names of lost love ones and bowing their heads in silence to mark the moments the planes hit.

The NYT reported that rebuilding continues at ground zero in Lower Manhattan, turning the scene of a tragedy into a symbol of renewal. In the foreground is the National September 11 Memorial, which is about to open. Looming over it is the 1 World Trade Center tower, where a new floor is added about every week.

Lungay said not too many tourists roamed around the city compared to ordinary days during the anniversary. In Manhattan he observed “that everybody seems to be on vigilance”

“I went inside the subway in Madison Square Garden and found the place to be half-empty,” said the former BSU professor who now studies American Language and Literature.

He added that commuters were not as many as compared to other weekends where strollers roam around the city.

“The threat is not taken for granted by everybody here. Some people opt not to go out from their homes,” he said. (Walter I. Balane)


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