During my last week in the city, I had the opportunity to visit the 9/11 Memorial downtown. The memorial, albeit not entirely finished, was absolutely outstanding. The two pools where the North and South buildings used to stand were horrifyingly breathtaking and the vast number of names stenciled out of the surrounding panels left one awestruck by the myriad individuals killed that day. Perhaps the most lasting experience I had during that visit was stumbling upon a name on the southeast corner of the North Pool; it read “Dianna Lynn Galante and her Unborn Child.” As time inevitably moves forward from that day, it is important that memorials like these are available to teach children who weren’t even alive in 2001 that tragedies do happen and the undeserving sometimes suffer. Today we not only remember those who died in the 9/11 attacks, but the countless individuals whose lives were forever changed that day.
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My name is Catherine Elizabeth Ziac (Cat, for short) and I am a senior at Union College in Schenectady, NY. When I'm not studying for my major in economics or my minor in Russian, you can find me skimming through catalogs, playing the flute, fishing, online window shopping, chatting with my sisters (my twin, Julia, studying physics at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, or my little sister Maddy, currently a senior in high school), or out and about in good old Schenectady with my wonderful Union friends! I love pink nails, long showers, office supplies, and going to the public library. I spend too much time looking at blogs and skimming the WSJ online, but I still believe in the merits of a hand-written letter. I am always in the mood for yogurt and granola and am never without a piece of gum. I usually answer "blue" when asked my favorite color, but I know in my heart that it's always been and always will be garnet!