Danville resident Carrie Petrick was flying home late from New York City when she captured what she described as a ‘haunting’ image of the 9/11 tribute in Manhattan on Wednesday, Sept. 11.
Wednesday the nation remembered those who perished in the terrorist attacks 18 years ago in 2001.
“I’ve been working in New York City the past couple of days, flying back home to Danville [Wednesday night]. I was fortunate in that I was on the right side of the plane to catch this haunting, moving shot,” Petrick said.
The image shows New York City’s Manhattan Island from the upper end in the foreground, looking east.
Streets are outlined by lights. Central Park is all but blacked out. The Hudson River flows on the right side of the photo.
From the end of the island, a beam of light is shooting straight up in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001.
“The picture just doesn’t do it justice,” Petrick said. “It really put a lot into perspective for me in that moment - I had been frustrated by my delayed flight home, but seeing the 9/11 tribute lights made me realize just how lucky I was to be going home. So many people didn’t get that chance 18 years ago.”
On the day of the attacks in 2001, Petrick said she was teaching seventh grade english and social studies.