While we will always remember those affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001, #HipNJ wants to shine light on the unity that came after. Here are some beautiful photos of the Tribute in Light to remind us that together, we can do anything.
Even before being blessed with this view, September 11, 2001 was never too far from my mind. Now, it’s a literal conscious thought every day. I can’t imagine the horror of those who stood here that morning and watched the nightmare across the river unfold. On that actual day, I was in the middle of my first full week of senior year. Anticipation was high for a fun-filled time and the “adult” adventures ahead. Little did I know how much of a crash course I would get in real world cruelty that morning. I remember running to my car so I wouldn't be late for class (natch) but stopping in my tracks to stare at the sky. It was the clearest shade of blue I had ever seen! It was beautiful, haunting even. I have not seen a sky that hue since. I can only think now that it was Heaven opening up for everyone lost that day. In the days and weeks after, I loved how everyone bonded together in the wake of such tragedy. Foes became friends, and friends became family. While the ho-hum of life soon got back to this “new” normal— and old habits took over— there was no denying the fact that we would forever be united by this tragedy. That’s a fact that should never be forgotten, and especially for everyone who lived that day, we never will. 🇺🇸🎗 #911 #September11 #NeverForget