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September 11, 2017

Salam 9/11

photo: Todd Heisler/Getty Images/Pool. caption: Family members visit the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The photo was taken in 2011, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. With the current administration driving wedges and stoking terrorism fears, it seems even more relevant now. What is important to know is that this was a gathering of family members, although there was no way to tell from the caption if these two women at the south Trade Center reflecting pool were mothers, daughters, wives or sisters of 9/11 victims. I wrote a post about it at the time, titled: “The ‘Most Different’ News Photos from the 9/11 Commemoration.”

I wrote a post about it at the time, titled: “The ‘Most Different’ News Photos from the 9/11 Commemoration.” In the post, I grumbled about the hyper-nationalistic display at the official Ground Zero ceremony that year (including so many flags, soldiers, and Dubya). I’ll spare you that. But this sentence is worth repeating:

“How novel it is to discover, in this one photo, out of at least a thousand I looked at, the ritual of Muslim prayer.”

photo: Todd Heisler/Getty Images/Pool. caption: Family members visit the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

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