From my viewpoint, September 11 has changed everything in the U.S. It changed our attitude to the rest of the world and made us become aware of the risks we must face, Ambassador Gitenstein said a day before the commemoration of eight years since the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.
He said he remembers every second of that day, the more that his son and the lady whom he later married were working in New York and he lost dearest friends in the attacks.
Gitenstein added he got a present, a painting showing firefighters and the rescue team people fighting in the first line, saving lives. He hanged the painting on the wall of his office as a symbol of the way September 11 changed the lives of the Americans.
New York will pay homage to the victims of the 9/11, 2001 attacks through the same commemoration ritual that takes place every year, at Ground Zero where the reconstruction is still blocked.