9/11 Anniversary

honoring a nation's resilience, survival and rebirth

On this day, Saturday, September 11th- 20 years later,  time stops across the world and people come together to remember and honor those who were lost, survivors, their families and the courageous first responders.

In the days after the attacks, first responders from across the country went to New York City to help in the response. Citizens displayed patriotism by rallying around the flag and everyone was taking care of each other. American citizens and the world was united in their concern for our country. The international impact of the September 11 attacks is demonstrated along the ramp that descends into the 9/11 museum by a multimedia exhibit featuring recorded reminiscences by people from 43 countries in 28 languages.

Today, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum (completed in 2011 and 2014, respectively). Within the 8-acre memorial plaza, twin 1-acre reflecting pools occupy the footprints of the Twin Towers. The pools feature the largest man-made waterfalls in North America and are edged by bronze panels inscribed with the names of the victims of the September 11 attacks as well as the names of the six people who died as a result of the truck bombing of the World Trade Center in February 1993. Among more than 400 trees in the grove that surrounds the pools is the “Survivor Tree,” a Callery pear tree that was discovered badly damaged at Ground Zero, removed and nursed back to health, and then returned to the site in 2010. (Theresa Smith)

Please take a moment of silence now in your space to honor the memory of those who have died or lost a loved one during the events of this day 20 years ago.

Join Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers to capture a memory, monument, or faces of 9/11 and/or expressions of America's resilience in the face of the devastations and after shocks of that singular day. Please make your artwork a kind remembrance of this dark day and its aftermath.

[video]  The Construction of One World Trade Center

9/11 Memorial and Museum
9/11 Anniversary
9/11 Wikipedia Summary

Dan Schlesinger's Eye Witness Account w/Photos
(Dan is Dina's husband)


Vintage Twin Towers
World Trade Center As It Was
Vintage NYC
The Rebuilding Process
Instagram 9/11 Memorial
Getty Images- World Trade Center
Unsplash-Freedom Tower
September 11 Memorials in NYC Parks
9/11 Candlelit Vigils

Extravagant Spirits (a 9/11 poem)

Without their fierce devotion
We are fragile and forlorn,
Stumbling briefly, among the stars.
We and our futures belong to them
Exquisitely, our beliefs and our
Breaths are made tangible in their love.
By their extravagant spirits, they draw us

From the safe borders
And into our centre of the centre ring
They urge dance upon our
Leaden feet
And to our sullen hearts,
Bright laughter.
Not the crowd's roar nor the gasped
Breath of the timorous can stay their mission.
There is no moderation in their nature.
They spit upon their fingersTo test the wind of history,
They slip into our bonds and steal us
Away from the slavery of cowardice.
They skin back their thin lips over fanged teeth and
Rocks in hand, in our presence
Face down our Goliath.
These mothers, fathers, pastors and priests,
These Rabbis, Imams and gurus,
Teach us by their valor and mold us with their courage.
Without their fierce devotion
We are only forlorn and only fragile
Stumbling briefly, among the stars.


All Virtual New York Urban Sketchers events are one session (10 am -12 pm EST) held on Saturdays. For participants wanting to challenge themselves sketching more of a particular locality or theme, you are welcome to do the EXTENSION SKETCH PROJECT below:

9/11 Extension Sketch Project:
Choose of the following prompt to sketch:
(a) Before/After
(b) Portrait of a Victim
(c) Memorial Site
(d) Candlit Vigil

*Please post your finished sketches
to the USK NYC Facebook Site
Be sure to add the hash tag #NUS.

Facilitators of Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
  • Theresa Smith
  • Lynda Greeley (Mama Bear)
  • Cecilia Evasco (Maricel)
  • Dina Schlesinger
  • Michael Skelly
  • Elizabeth Birkby
with the assistance of Mark Leibowitz
founder of USK NYC

web site design by Cecilia Evasco
for Virtual NYC Urban Sketchers
under the auspices of USK NYC
Scheduled for September 11, 2021

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