“September 11 was just a Tuesday, until September 11, 2001,” New York Fire Fighter Mike Moran said.
Moran is one of six surviving members of FDNY, Ladder Company No.3. He had just arrived home when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
The entire crew who relieved his shift died while charging into the Second Tower as it collapsed.
Stories like Moran’s are common when hearing about the attacks.
But after a decade, many survivors are moving forward and focusing on the future of a reborn America.
Ninety percent of the worker rebuilding the WTC and 9/11 Memorial were personally affected. Those from generations of builders, and workers with no prior experience in construction, felt it was his or her duty to pitch in and help rebuild their shining city.
Communities across the country have rallied their support for families and survivors of 9/11 through service.
In Santa Ana, Assemblyman Jose Solorio, KidWorks and OneOC are hosting a special 9/11 Service Project Day, where the community will come together to paint a mural and complete several other city beautification projects.
“I go to church on Sundays, and I will keep the families and survivors in my prayers,” sophomore Jaime Mendoza said. “It’s not really a day you celebrate because of the tragedy involved. But I will definitely remember it for the rest of my life.”
A DECADE OF REMEMBRANCE
In Retrospect – Ten years have passed, and though time cannot bring back the lost, it can help ease the pain. Here is a visual history remembering the events of 9/11.