Meaningful Photos

Survivors in LifeboatPhoto courtesy of

The night of April 14, 1912 marked a life-changing event for the 2,224 passengers and crew members aboard the RMS Titanic. The Harland and Wolff White Star liner struck an iceberg around 11 p.m. on that chilly April night, incapacitating the ship to the extent to which it sank in a little over two hours. There were over 1,500 casualties, and only 705 people survived. The photo above was taken from the Carpathia, the ocean liner that arrived two hours too late to come to Titanic’s rescue. The Carpathia boarded all of the survivors of the wreck and took them to New York, Titanic’s intended destination. This photo is meaningful to me not only because of my interest in the story of Titanic but also because it represents the one glimmer of hope in one of the most tragic moments of history. It also represents the fight and will power to survive, and it evokes what it means to push forward even in the most terrible instances that we may experience.

160927104012-911-firefighters-flag-restricted-super-169Photo courtesy of CNN

The image above may seem like just a group of firefighters showing their patriotism. However, it is much, much more. This photo captured three firefighters raising the American flag after the events of September 11, 2001. Terrorists hijacked four American flights with the intention of committing mass murders and terrorizing the American people. As many know, two planes hit the Twin Towers in New York City, one hit the Pentagon, and the other crashed into a Pennsylvania field after heroic efforts by its passengers to divert the terrorist’s course. Even though I was just six years old when 9/11 occurred, I still remember the quietness and the fear of that day. To me, this photo represents the unity that such a horrific event brought to the United States. Despite all that had happened, we still were standing as one.


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