No happening is as well documented as the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon – the internet has seen to that. But the real record lives in people’s heads: the moment of discovery, the disbelief, the dawning horror.
The attacks were an object lesson in economy of force, the destructive power that can be generated by a small group of fanatics exploiting the weaknesses of an infinitely more powerful opponent. They are also impossible to forget, a series of outrageous images stamped on the mind.
Mingled with those horrific images are memories of the mundane, normally disposable details made indelible: the afternoon in the office suddenly interrupted, the call from a friend or relative asking one to turn on the television, the sudden rousing from sleep.
Nations across the globe have expressed their concern on the issue of the terrorism and especially the event that shook the world on 9/11.Philately was of course one of the strong medium of expression of such concern. Many countries released postal stamps on the event. Philatelic remembrance of the 9/11 is widespread and quite vocal in these stamps.