World Trade Center Observation Deck, 1980: City of Light

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    The endless anniversary commemorations and slow motion reenactments of the tragedy haven't done much for me. They won't bring back more than 3,000 lost souls, the twin towers themselves, or the ten dark, wasted years of war since then that threaten to drag on without end.

    I prefer to remember them as they were. For our family the towers will remain forever engraved in memory as a treasured experience in the summer of 1980. Out in the open air on the observation deck, we watched the sun go down over the Hudson River, saw the Moon rise over Brooklyn and looked north up the glittering avenues toward midtown Manhattan. For more than 30 years my slides were in the attic, and for the last decade I never had the heart to look at them. But recently I digitized them. It's time to move on. And the Forever War needs to end. We can do so much better.

    Philippe Milbault, kgebinger, and 15 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Joey Johannsen 32 months ago | reply

      I could only echo your sentiments. Thanks for bringing the slides out of the attic and for joining us in moving on. Hoping the country will and focus on ending the wars.

    2. leedav 32 months ago | reply

      I know there is a picture somewhere of tiny me next to the towers. I wish I could find that. This is beautiful.

    3. Jer*ry 32 months ago | reply

      I'm inclined to not turn on the tv today. I can't help but think of the phrase that was used in history books, in dealing with the post-Civil War era: "waving the bloody flag."

    4. queenbeeamy 32 months ago | reply

      I wish I had seen your image on the front page of yahoo today, instead of what's there. I agree with you.

    5. willkommen 32 months ago | reply

      "Amen" to paragraph one.

    6. LoriLorita 32 months ago | reply

      Well said. I feel the same way. I'm purposely avoiding media today.

    7. Aunt Teena 32 months ago | reply

      You just never know, do you?

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