Some Fil-Ams still fear terror threats 14 years after 9/11

NEW YORK CITY – In a few days, the city of New York will commemorate the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attack – a day that changed the lives of New Yorkers forever.

Today at Ground Zero, One World Trade Center towers the New York skyline. It’s the tallest skyscraper in the western hemisphere at 1,776 feet, and the fifth tallest in the world.

One World Trade Center is not only an engineering marvel designed to be the safest commercial structure in the world, it’s also a symbol of renewal and hope.

The $4 billion dollar Calatrava designed World Trade Center Oculus is expected to be a bustling tranportation hub in less than a year.

For New Yorkers, the World Trade Center Complex is a stark reminder of a dark day when terror swept on US soil.

Springfield, N.J. resident Sarah Ruzon who saw the smoke coming from the Twin Towers 50 miles away said, “It makes you feel sad remembering what happened because more than 3,000 people passed away and it’s very sad.”

Rene Natividad of Bronx, N.Y. saw one of the towers collapsed on his way to work.

He said, “9/11 that means to me na there’s no such thing as place on Earth na safe ka. There’s always a possibility of any disaster that could happen anytime. Parang yan ang naalala ko.”

A congressional hearing on the lessons learned since 9/11 was held at the 9/11 Memorial Museum Tuesday.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said New York has been as well prepared as can be since then. But one thing he said is clear — terrorism is still a threat, especially in New York which remains on the cross hairs of terrorists.

We can go to a civil war memorial, we can go to a revolutionary war memorial, some of which are in my great city and that war is over. You’re in a museum about a war that is still going on,” said Giuliani.

Filipino New Yorkers say while they now feel generally safe, they are more worried about homegrown lone wolf terrorists recruited online.

Springfield, N.J. resident Arnel Ruzon said, “Ang pinaka-nakakatakot, I’m afraid yung nandito sa loob, kasi I don’t really know who ang, I don’t know kung sino yung mga tao.”

Visiting from Dallas, Texas, Vincent Wi said, “I feel more secured when Obama made that decision to go in and put an end to Osama Bin Laden.”

As the World Trade Center Complex nears completion, these new structures, especially the two reflecting pools constructed in the shadows of the fallen Twin Towers, have only one big message to the world: We will never forget.

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    11 November 2015 at 11:19 pm - Reply

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