Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Moment of Reflection

As most of you know, the arch-terrorist Osama Bin-Laden was finally killed by US special forces on Sunday May 1st. It’s been almost ten years since that dreadful day in which four planes were hijacked and used as missiles. The Pentagon was hit, the Twin Towers fell, and some other location in Washington would have been hit if the passengers of the fourth plane hadn’t revolted, sending it plummeting to the ground.

Ten years ... some of us were in grade school then. I myself was still a young man with community college still relatively fresh in my mind. The Internet was still somewhat new. MMOs were just starting to come out, the big one being Everquest, and Virtual worlds like Second Life were still under development. Many of us just puttered about on simple text-based games. The news, the country had just gotten over the Y2K mess in which people feared the world as we knew it would end, and we weren’t quite over the bitter Presidential election.

And then came Sept. 11th, and life as we knew it came to a halt. And when it slowly resumed, life had changed.

A number of 9-11 tributes had been built in the past. Among them was the World Trade Center memorial in the New York City Block at NYC. But a few months ago, that sim faded away. So I headed to the New York NYC sim for the Firefighters Memorial there, showing a statue of a leaning fireman. Names were read aloud over the radio. Near the memorial is a flag at half staff plus a firehouse.

To get to the memorial, head to New York NYC (45, 235, 21)

Bixyl Shuftan

1 comment:

  1. The Internet's a lot older than that. The Web might have only started in the 1990s, but the Internet is two decades older than that, and was in full swing in the 1980s.