IB TALK ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: A Reflection On The 9/11 Anniversary

The U.S. Flag

The U.S. flag hangs on one of the buildings under construction at the World Trade Center in New York City. Photo credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Ib Talk Online Executive Editor Ibrahim Dabo shares his reflection to mark 10 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the U.S.

World Trade Center

A visitor points at one of the World Trade Center buildings under construction. Photo credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Country music star Alan Jackson asked in his tribute song to 9/11, 2001, “where were you when the world stopped turning on that September day?”

It was a beautiful and sunny day in The Gambia, West Africa on September 11, 2001. I remember visiting some friends, along with my cousins, to talk about football, or soccer as it is fondly called in the U.S.

On my way back home early in the afternoon I tuned in to BBC radio to catch up with the latest stories around the world.

I struggled to grasp the news that made the headlines: the World Trade Center had been struck by planes; other planes are believed to have been hijacked and investigation was underway.

I rushed home, turned on the TV and still could not believe unfolding developments that were shown on CNN.

I questioned how such a disaster could happen. Why would people endanger the lives of others in such manner?

I stayed up all night with my cousins watching every development. It seemed like a movie but sadly, it was reality. I cried out in my heart and prayed for all of the victims and rescue workers; everyone affected directly and indirectly.

Remember to Love

We are reminded of a simple yet very meaningful message: Remember to Love. Photo credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

10 years later, I’m grateful to have a chance to join many others in New York and around the nation in prayers.

I am thankful for the chance to visit Ground Zero, where 10 years ago dreams may have shattered, hope and loved ones lost. The under-construction site not only restores a glimmer of hope but brings together individuals from around the world to remember their loved ones and support each other.  

There were people in small groups singing, praying and remembering loved ones. Others simply worked around taking photos. Such a memorable day indeed.

I continue to pray for God’s protection of this great nation, and for lasting peace around the world.

Also in my prayers are families of victims, as well as those who are still recovering from the terror attacks.

As we move forward, let us continue to pray for the nation, our leaders and the decisions they make and hope for the best.

In his song, Alan Jackson’s sang, “faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us and the greatest is love.”

Today, we were reminded of a simple, yet meaningful message: “Remember to Love.” God will surely look over us and answer our prayers. May God bless America and everywhere else.


A New York City Police officer walks a visitor across the street. Behind them hangs the U.S. flag with names and signatures on it. Photo credit: Ibrahim Dabo.


A man attaches the U.S. flag to his motorcycle as he rides near Ground Zero. Photo credit: Ibrahim Dabo.

Watch Alan Jackson’s tribute song to 9/11, 2001

About Ib Dabo

Ib Dabo, founder and executive editor of Ib Talk Online, is a writer, journalist, photographer, and communications and IT leader whose mission is to inspire and work with people to make a difference in our world. Visit his official website - www.IbDabo.com - to learn more. Follow @IbDabo on Twitter and also @IbTalkOnline on Twitter.