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United We Stand
Although people say, “every picture tells a story,” a picture cannot exemplify every detail about the event involved in that event. The attack on September, 11 2001 was a turning point in American history. There are many visual representations and written testimonies that lead us to have different feelings about the attack on September 11, 2001; more specifically, the reason behind these different emotions is because there is a vast difference in a testimony of the event, and simply a photo of the attack. It does not matter whether you were involved in the terrifying act or if you simply heard about it on the television; this attack changed everyone’s life. “It affected us, it affects all of us, even if you don’t realize it. I just want everyone to remember that although it’s been 10 years, we still remember it like it was yesterday, and we shouldn’t forget.” (2011)

One of the most famous pictures (2001) from 9/11, photo of three firemen raising the American flag at the site of the World Trade Center attacks. After seeing the image of three firefighters hanging the American flag only eight hours after the tragic attack we were able to see the true patriotism of our country. Many people may have believed that this was a representation that the tragedy was over, but it was only just beginning. This flag was raised to give citizens proof that through all that was going to come; our flag would still be there. The image of the three firefighters came to symbolize America’s ability to amend back to normal after being under attack. “The highlight of the year was the trio’s visit to the White House in March for the unveiling of a U.S. postage stamp bearing their likeness.” (2011) This is the only time in the history of the U.S. Postal Service that the agency has issued a commemorative stamp featuring the images of still-living Americans.

Bruce Julian, my neighbor of 15 years, is a fine example of how the media can bring deception about what is...
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