1. On the 18th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, The New York Times published a haunting profile of a woman who escaped the World Trade Center during the September 11 attacks, only to experience debilitating PTSD later in life. The story of Kayla Bergeron, who fled from the 68th floor 18 years ago, is emblematic of a more widespread issue: many of those who witnessed the attacks firsthand, including survivors and first responders, have developed PTSD symptoms in the years following. Thousands of people affected by the attacks have been diagnosed with PTSD, and some are worried their experiences will be overlooked. —NEW YORK TIMES
In an op-ed, Author Omer Aziz describes "The World 9/11 Took From Us" — he was an 11-year-old Muslim boy when the attacks took place, and witnessed firsthand the racism and xenophobia that plagued the U.S. for years to come. He describes the "abrupt recognition that I was different, would always be viewed as different, and that the stakes of this difference could be life and death," and how he had to "tread carefully" in a post-9/11 world. —NEW YORK TIMES
On Wednesday, ceremonies were held around the country and in lower Manhattan in remembrance of the thousands of lives lost. At ground zero, families of the victims and their supporters gathered to read the names of the deceased and offer their remembrances of the lost loved ones. The Tribute in Light ceremony will be held after 7 pm at the 9/11 Memorial and the time-lapse film “2001” will be shown for free at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Morningside Heights from 7 am to 7 pm.