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Yi Yang, a Chinese artist, paints a mural of 343 faces who died on 9/11

Article written on September 11, 2015

An aerial shot of The World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.
An aerial shot of The World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001.

14 years ago on September 11, 2001, four passenger airlines were hijacked by members of al-Queda and flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Capitol. Despite the fact that the hijacked airline which was targeting the U.S. Capitol failed to make a hit, three planes still made contact and literally destroyed two very important and historical areas — The World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. On this day 14 years ago, exactly 2,996 lives were lost, including those of the 19 hijackers.

It is a tradition in the United States of America to pay tribute to those who died on this horrific day in history each year on September 11th.

via ABC News

Today is September 11, 2015, marking the 14th anniversary of 9/11. Families and students gathered in moments of silence, people wrote letters of condolences to families who lost loved ones, and in New York, a Chinese-American artist named Yi Yang played his part by painting a 5 piece mural that features 343 faces of FDNY responders who died on 9/11 (above).

The 58-year-old artist told ABC News that he has made a living off of his artistic talent since he came to the US in 1995. Five years ago, he put his talents to the ultimate test with this exquisitely detailed and truly beautiful piece of work. Yes, this mural took five years, but it wasn’t complete until just a few days prior to the 14th anniversary of 9/11.

“These people from 9/11 are heroes. All of them are great”, Yang told ABC this morning.

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Yi Yang, via ABC News

Today, our prayers and thoughts go out to those who lost loved ones 14 years ago.


Feature image via ABC News.

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