By Nick Sanchez | Friday, 11 Sep 2015 08:14 AM
A rainbow appeared over New York City the day before 9/11, and many noted that it appeared to emerge from the World Trade Center site, where the Twin Towers were felled by terrorists in 2001.
The news first broke on social media sites like Twitter, where New Yorkers posted pictures of the rainbow touching down on the new One WTC building.
According to NBC New York, Ben Sturner, CEO of sports marketing company Leverage Agency, was among the first to take a photo of the rainbow phenomenon. Sturner, who moved to New York from North Carolina 12 years ago, said he snapped the picture from the terrace of his apartment in Long Island City, Queens, on Thursday morning.
"I see this rainbow, and it's coming from the World Trade Center and it's the most gorgeous rainbow I've ever seen," he said. "I took out my phone and started snapping photos."
Sturner soon received a flood of thank yous from other Americans from across the country.
"Best birthday present in 14 years. This picture of hope and renewal that I feel coursing through me and out my fingertips. Thank you," said one woman.
"The message: let this rainbow be a sign of peace, strength and forgiveness. They are all angels, resting in peace. 9/11/01," wrote another.
Six moments of silence will be observed, one for each airplane that hit the World Trade Center towers, one for the flight that hit the Pentagon, one for Flight 93 that was downed in Pennsylvania, and one for each tower that collapsed.