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On 9-11-01, I was watching the "drama" unfold on TV. I was called, by an acquaintance, when the first plane hit. I tuned in to find out what was going on. I saw the second plane hit without any knowledge of what was really going on.
When I saw the second plane hit, it was obvious that it was no accident. It was surreal.
There were many people that died on that fateful day, but "Windows on the World" employed many restaurant workers, who were working on the 102nd floor. Those banquet workers were catering a breakfast, some of them temporary workers, that were there to make another dollar for their families.
They were on the top floor, with absolutely no way to escape. I was watching as many persons took a leap from the top of the World Trade Center.
If you were given an option of dying a fiery death, or jumping 102 floors, what would you do?
It still haunts me. My experience is not the same as others, but September 11, 2001 changed my life.
Today in my home county, 9-11 took on a new meaning, as most of the county was preparing for several different observations, we learned of the county’s first soldier killed in Iraq.
The HS where he graduated in 2005, tonight was supposed to hold a 9-11 memorial service, instead there was a candle light vigil, in his honor.
They are also going to have a moment of silence for him at this week’s home football game.
My dad’s wife’s daughters went to school with him, I sent them an email, both are pretty wiped out about it.
Pfc Tony Seig, Thank You!
As a NYer I want to make some comments about some experiences today, 9/11/06
1. I crossed 5th Ave & 14th St. tonight about 10 pm to an incredible sight: the "lights" of the WTC (the 2 narrow beams of light from the site) are beaming into the sky but shining up to and thru these beautiful clouds. The reflections are lighting up the clouds, then passing thru – like "up to heaven" shall I say. Very dramatic.
2. I passed a firehouse in Chinatown ( a short walk from WTC site) this morning at 8:46. All the firefighters were in dress uniform inside the house while the captain was calling roll. Not sure if it was the names of the present firefighters or those who deceased. Moved me to tears.
3. I was at the WTC site about 11 AM. Very mixed reactions: it was a combination of solemn and carnival. Many many people walking about. Some families with white ribbons on lapels (possibly families of the deceased), many officers in unifrom, on and off duty. Local churches (St. Paul’s, St. Peter’s, Trinity) were having services with live music. Names of dead were being announced from the site. Very touching
BUT the crowd was also composed with tons of people moving around with video cameras, protesters with drums, tons of young people with T-shirts about "tell the truth about 9/11" or something. It did not really seem like a protest, it seemed like a "party". Don’t get me wrong, my politics are left of center, but this rather visible element was very unrespectful, shall I say. I wanted to just walk in silence and reflect, not listen to conga drums…..And I have been getting a bit sick of the "commercialization/media-ization" of the anniverary.
Nevertheless, I felt very honored to be a NYer, to be "there" right at home….
i just want to say that I am grateful for the roadfood forum community.I enjoy our conversations, our disagreements, our pulling together for things we believe in.Thanks again for letting me be part of this forum…..Ann[:X]
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