Interactive Map Asks 'Where Were You On 9-11'
Our family has spent so much time reminiscing today on the tragic events of ten years ago, with the aid of technology. We have shared with each other a variety of images found in today’s news articles, beautiful stills of heartbroken men, women and children publicly healing before the enormous footprint fountains in downtown Manhattan.
One simple yet particularly poignant site found during today’s sharing asks the question of anyone in the world, “Where were you on 9-11, and how did you feel that day?” The site, created for and shared at the website of the New York Times, has an easy to use interface. A white outline map of the world is on display, along with a slider to zoom in.
As today was filled with memorials on television, print and online media, individuals from all over have visited the Times’ site and added a pinpoint for their location on 9/11/01, as well as a comment about the day’s events. As you can see from the image above, the Eastern coast of the United States is covered with unique sharings from thousands who were physically closest to the events ten years ago.
Scroll over the dots, in any location around the globe, and you are given a quiet glimpse into the sea of outpouring from so many who carry to this day inner burdens of painful memories. Perhaps the map has provided some cathartic effect in their sharing today. If so, I highly recommend you take the time to visit and share where you were, and how you felt when the world changed...