After 15 years, the attacks of September 11, 2001, are still fresh in the memories of many Americans.
Nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania lost their lives on 9/11 in attacks carried out with hijacked airplanes by terrorists orchestrated by Osama bin Laden. As the years pass, suffering continues alongside the memorializing—among those who lost loved ones and by survivors who sustained injuries or who were forever changed by the horrific events—even as the country, and the world, changes.
Now, the site of the New York City attacks is home to One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and a marker of resilience in the face of tragedy. There are also memorials near the Pentagon and in Stoystown, Pennsylvania. This summer, the last known 9/11 rescue dog, Bretagne, was put down with a patriotic ceremony to honor her role after the attacks (she had been suffering health problems). When the planes hit in 2001, she was only two years old.
This year, to honor the anniversary, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City—which opened in 2014—will host its first art exhibition. “Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11” will feature works from 13 artists affected by the attacks.
The exhibition will complement the permanent parts of the museum that document the tragedy of that day. Clifford Chanin, vice president of education and public programs at the museum, said in a previous interview that “many of the images from 9/11 still convey the rawness and brutality of the attack … they still have the capacity to shock.”
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