September 11th, 2001: Remembering those we lost

It was seven short years ago today that the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were brutally attacked by radical Islam. This post serves as respect and remembrance for those we lost and those who were part of the rescue effort still fighting illness relating to it.

President Bush observes a moment of silence in remembrance from the south lawn of the White House:

Report from the Today Show:

New York City begins with a moment of silence:

A very good, lengthy report from ABC News on all the ceremonies today:

Video from the Pentagon memorial today:

Honoring Flight 93 in Pennsylvania:

I don’t think I’ve ever given my personal recollection on this site. I was living in Columbus, Ohio at the time for college. It was around 9:30am when my alarm turned on my radio to the Howard Stern show, of all things. For the brief seconds it was on before I hit the “snooze” button to continue sleeping, I heard someone say “..entire world trade center building 1 just completely gone.. wow.. oh my god…” I hit the snooze button until it actually registered in my still sleeping head what was just said.

I rushed to the living room area to turn on our terribly old TV which took 15 minutes to warm up before you could see a picture. All I could listen to for a time was the audio of the devastation being described. Getting on an internet news site was a joke as they were all being hammered. I just sat there with a couple of roommates. I was the only one in the room who had ever been to New York City and stood on top of those towers several times. The roommates were both native to Ohio and had never been, they couldn’t grasp just large of an impact this would have.

Eventually, some minutes later, we watched in horror as the second tower collapsed and we were speechless watching the devastation unfold. I remember hearing a TV reporter say something like, “now this seems deliberate folks, this does not appear to be an accident.” I was think at the time, could you state anything more obvious, but so goes it. We were so angry watching it happen, feeling completely helpless at the time sitting there.

Went to class that afternoon which was canceled as our professor, who was a national guardsmen, never showed as he was apparantly activated or something at the time. Grabbed a bite to eat and went back to the apartment to continue watching the coverage and mourn the loss. Recalling that day now seems almost surreal as if it was a dream, however, every time I look at the skyline of the city I know it was reality.

My sister living near Washington, DC could see the smoke from the Pentagon’s fire from her window. Seems too close for comfort now. Eventually I would hear stories of friends or relatives who had distant cousins or other friends who were killed in one of the towers, that hit even closer to home.

In this line of remembrance, some New Yorkers fear that the country is forgetting:

That’s my story for the day… leave yours below and share if you see fit.. please, be respectful.

More to come later..

Update

Check out the History Channel’s 102 Minutes that Changed America featuring video amateur video from all perspectives of New York City on 9/11. Warning, the video is explicit and unedited but it is indeed the truth of what happened that day.

  • Babs

    I think no one will ever forget where they were or what they were doing, but my day didn’t begin as a normal day anyway, and played into my experience.

    On Sept. 10th, 2001, I underwent oral surgery. I spent the night intimately involved with Demoral painkillers, and finally decided the morning of the 11th I needed to get up and “stir around”. After hubby left for work, I got up, took another Demarol, made myself a nest in my comfy recliner, and turned on the TV. The Demoral was still swirling nicely around in my brain, and I was feeling no pain.

    I can remember in the haze that was my mind wondering why they were playing the same movie on every station as I started channel surfing. I kept flipping channels looking for something besides – believe it or not, King Kong. I actually thought that was what I was watching.

    About the time I gave up and left it on whatever channel it was, my sister called to check on me from her job as head of nutrition in a retirement home. As we were getting the nicities of the conversation out of the way, the second plane hit and the fog lifted somewhat in my brain and I realized what I was watching and hearing. I said to my sister, there’s planes flying into the world trade center buildings, and she immediately replied, “How much of that s*** are you taking?!” About that time, they started showing the pentagon, and after swearing to her it was true, she said “I’ll call you back”, and hung up on me.

    I sat watching in a haze, unable to take my eyes off the screen and trying to grasp the reality, and I remember saying out loud, “Daddy, can you see this?” My Dad had been dead for well over year at that time, so that tells you how coherent I was, or in shock, I don’t know which. My sister called me back, after having run to a residents room to check my story. She was frightened to death, as was my Mom who called shortly after. We all were. My TV was on for days without a break, and I napped in my recliner every night so as not to miss anything that might happen next.

    What I can tell you about that morning – that morning that our country changed forever – is that it felt like the death of an era. The death of thousands of innocent americans, yes, but also the death of an era. The world I grew up in and felt safe in would not be same world my grandchildren would grow up in. And no amount of Demarol could ease the grief that came with that knowledge.

    Just my thoughts.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    I still feel like this day was just yesterday. Knowing many people in the twin towers and knowing my 55 year old father would be going into those buildings most likely. This was one of the most saddening and depressing days of my entire life. I will never forget who did this to our great country. Many times I feel others have forgotten but I know that many still remember it. I felt the greatest feeling of anger I have ever felt in my life when I found out who was responsible. It was because of this I enlisted and I knew I had to fight and stand up for not only my country but for the people of America. I will never ever forget the day my beloved city of new york took its greatest hit ever and the greatest country in the history of the world took a hit but was able to rise up just as we are again. We were led by a strong president who in the face of danger and evil, took it straight on with strength and honor. I will always remember this president as a man who helped keep our country together in its worst times. God Bless George W. Bush.

    WE WILL ALWAYS BE THE COUNTRY WHO DEFENDS THE WORLD FROM EVIL. WE DO NOT LET OTHERS SHAPE OUR HISTORY, WE MAKE OUR HISTORY AS THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. WE ARE THE ONES WHO HELPED DEFEAT HITLER, COMMUNISM, AND THE RADICAL ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS. WE ARE THE ONES THE WORLD LOVES TO HATE UNTIL THEY NEED US MOST. WE WILL NEVER SURRENDER TO THE EVILS OF THE WORLD THAT TRY TO TAKE AWAY OUR FREEDOMS. WE ARE NOT REPUBLICANS OR DEMOCRATS, NO WE ARE AMERICANS FIRST, LAST AND ALWAYS!

    God Bless all those serving this country now
    God Bless all those who passed or suffered on September the 11, 2001
    God Bless the greatest country in the world The United States of America

  • Babs

    O_S, will you be attending any of the activities in NYC today to commerate the 11th?

    I heard a news caster at Ground Zero this morning say that Obama and McCain were setting aside political difference today, because while the world may think our politics are divisive, it proves that we all stand together against people who hate us.

    I thought that was pretty cool.

  • OBAMA_SUCKS

    Babs I tried to get tickets to this McCain/ Obama event at Columbia University to see them but was unable to in time. I had to work but I will be going in to the city later to do some stuff. I always do on this day.

  • all stand together against people who hate us.

    Surprisingly I believe we all stand together often. That is one of the things that attracted me to a particular candidate during a particular 2004 convention speech.

    Right now Hurricane IKE is barring down on my beloved city of 4 million people and there is really not much coverage of anything else here in Houston. Everyone is focusing on their friends, families, and neighbors. Politics be damned.

    My thanks goes out to my high school friend who gave the ultimate sacrifice to serve and was one of the first fallen in the 2nd theater.Marine Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Todd Arnold Our hearts go out to your family!

    I remember fondly visiting New York when I was working for a brief time in New Jersey. I was actually quite proud of my Texas governor who was running for president. One time on the ferry going to the statue of liberty I took this picture of the city skyline.

    Where is the hand over heart emoticon smiley? :'( or :.(

    Thanks for setting up this site Nate. I found it searching(googlin’) for the debate schedule and I’ve been stuck here ever since! Now hopefully Ike won’t knock out the power for too long so I can get back to policy disagreements. 😉

  • Babs

    Eric, stay safe in Ike. I have two sisters-in-law in Dickinson, a few short miles from Gavelston, so of course my TV is pretty much staying on the Weather Channel right now. The sea wall is a big concern this morning, I have my fingers crossed, but it’s looking scary. Here’s to a Cat 1 landfall.

  • Eric K, welcome to the site and thanks commenting, the more the merrier.

    Stay safe down there in Texas as I pray everyone will.

    Thanks for your pictures of the city, I like to save them. My wife took a beautiful photo of the skyline from a high school class trip years ago, I blew it up and had it framed in remembrance. It still angers me today to see the skyline without the towers.

  • I was fortunate enough back in February 1998 to go up the Twin Towers and was blown away by the sheer scale of the buildings. Like most people I remember exactly where I was when I heard about the WTC and like most I was sat there in disbelief thinking I was watching some TV show.

    What’s happened has happened, we can’t re-write history no matter how hard we might want to try. What angers me is that it’s taken 7 years and no real progress on rebuilding the towers and Bin Laden is still on the loose.