Hall of Fame
- Jul 6, 2012
I watch some of the shows each year, usually the ones on History Channel. They serve as reminder to me, and as the years pass and this day seems to get less and less media attention, I find them oddly comforting.I was about 20 blocks from Ground Zero and pretty much all I saw was a deep blue cloudless sky. But I've never watched any shows or retrospectives of that day. Not a one.
Damn the pic I just posted was seemingly taken from almost the same spot as this video but 17 years later... Across the river in BrooklynWatching any video of 9/11 is horrifying and heart breaking. But it’s audio that gets me even more because you can “hear” the human side vs video of a plane and building.
This is the audio that was the most bothersome and was released shortly after. Be warned, it’s not easy to listen to, especially his last few words while watching the tower.
Like to see people reflect and remember. I watched some news stories from that day and watched the annual reading of the victims at ground zero as well. I think it’s good for people to look back but I also know for some people they can’t cause of memories I just hope they one day share whether it be here or elsewhere but it could help them.Thank you for bringing this thread back around every year and for everyone's stories. May all who died that day and all who were impacted never be forgotten. Peace.
No matter where one was that day, it's such a deeply personal topic and everyone just needs to share as much or as little as they feel is appropriate for them, IMO.Like to see people reflect and remember. I watched some news stories from that day and watched the annual reading of the victims at ground zero as well. I think it’s good for people to look back but I also know for some people they can’t cause of memories I just hope they one day share whether it be here or elsewhere but it could help them.
Thanks for sharing.I was sleeping in, it was the last morning before I was supposed to ship to Fort Benning for basic training on 9/12. My mom woke me up to tell me a plane hit the WTC and I fell back asleep. When she came back to tell me a second plane had hit, I remember thinking that maybe a navigation beacon at one of airports was malfunctioning. When I got downstairs reports about something hitting the Pentagon were filtering in and it started to become apparent what was really happening.
My ship date was delayed until planes started flying again. Being a trainee at Fort Benning in September of 2001 was pretty strange because we had very little access to the outside world. I remember talking with another guy that was going to OCS with me about volunteering to stay enlisted if they needed more infantry. Mostly, though, we just worried about what the next training event was and not pissing off the drill sergeants.
At some point during training, the company commander called us together which is pretty weird since the officers have little interaction with trainees other than a pep talk at the beginning and at graduation. He told us that we had initiated operations in Afghanistan. We cheered wildly.
E: Looking back it must have been really hard for mom sending me off to the Army in those circumstances, but to her credit she didn't show it. She knew I was exactly where I wanted to be.
In--credible.In my post from September 2012 about my day on 9/11/01, I shared about a friend that had sent an email on that day asking us all to pray for her brother in law, someone I knew from my hometown, who was missing in the second tower. He was gone, and she had to move home from Colorado to support her sister and her 4 children in the aftermath. She was so struck by the love and support her family received that she started an organization that could provide similar to support to others going through difficult times. She has built it up over the years, and she was recently honored by Mike Rowe in his facebook watch program "Returning the Favor." I'm clearly biased - she's been a friend since 4th grade and she's married to one of the first friends I ever had - but I think It's well worth your time to watch it. It's nice to see how someone took a horrible national and personal tragedy and created something positive that continues to bring help and healing to others.
Have you had any long-term reactions to seeing all of this? I can only imagine what that was like. Thanks for your memory.I have to pay my estimated taxes today. Kinda makes it easier. So many memories as it happened right out my window. I was on the 9th floor of an apartment building on Mt. Prospect Ave in Newark, N.J. and the World Trade Center seemed right out my window.
Watching people jump from the Towers.
Hearing fighter jets overhead wondering what was next.
Seeing a photo of a dead fireman's little boy at his funeral, wearing his father's dress cap and looking so bewildered.
Going into Manhattan on the weekend seeing every lamp post plastered with circulars all saying "Have you seen my Dad?"
As I said in previous posts on this thread I knew that 50,000 people worked in the towers and I and a friend in the press feared 20,000 dead. Another memory I have is a photo of the Jersey Transit parking lot in Middletown, NJ taken at midnight showing the parking lot with dozens of cars. Haunting
Have to pay "Uncle" now.
Yeah, I do. For instance when I walk up Broadway from 34th Street I can still see all the circulars jammed on the lamp posts "Have you see my Dad?" A friend's wife's father died that day. I think of his car in the NJ Transit parking lot at Middletown. NJ I also just re-watched the Budweiser commercial showing the team of Clydesdales kneeling toward the site. Very moving.Have you had any long-term reactions to seeing all of this? I can only imagine what that was like. Thanks for your memory.