Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering 9/11

You are going to see many posts on people remembering 9/11.  I just wanted to write about what I was doing and my thoughts.  I did not get to see the Twin Towers before that day, but I have been to Ground Zero twice since then (2002 & 2005).

September 11, 2001 was like any other day, so I thought.  My alarm went off and I pushed it a couple of times before sitting up in bed in a groggy haze, staring at the wall.  I grabbed the remote to turn the TV on like I did every morning only what I saw on the news was bizarre.  They were saying a commercial plane hit one of the World Trade Center twin towers.  What.  Those towers are so tall.  How could any pilot not see that?  I sat there in amazement on what I thought was a tragic accident.  I finally went in the bathroom to take a shower and get ready for work.

When I got out of the shower, I turned to the TV to hear more about the plane running into the twin tower.  To my horror, another plane hit the other tower.  Like many others, I realized this was no accident.  I felt myself slowly falling to my bed where I sat glued to the TV and not wanted to believe what I was watching was real, but it was.  I managed to get ready for work and kept the news on while on my drive.  Everyone at work had their radio on and not much got done that day.  After hearing about both towers collapsing, we were shocked to hear about the plane which crashed in PA and the other which hit the Oval Office.  Suddenly, my somewhat save little world was being attacked.

This happened on a Tuesday and from that day and the entire week there was nothing on TV but stories about this tragic event.  I watched it all crying for what happened to my country and for all the souls who lost there lives.  It was heart wrenching watching all that suffering. 

In 2002, my family and I were visiting my relatives and friends who live in RI, PA, MA, and NH.  We decided to take a detour to New York and spend a couple of days there.  The city was on high alert just a year later and they were happy to have visitors.  The prices of the rooms were very affordable.  We stayed in a suite in the Mayflower across the street from Central Park.  One of the places we made sure to see while there was Ground Zero.  A year later and there were visible signs of the tragic event.  Some of the buildings surrounding the area had blacken and broken windows with holes throughout the walls.  There was an entire building covered in what looked like a giant sheet.  The hole where the towers once stood was huge and deep.  An entire square block was a memorial with lots of pictures, items, and written words by the many visitors.  We added our thoughts on a banner hanging on a fence.  The many small shops and businesses along this block had pictures of what their place looked like the next day.  Every place was covered in heavy ash.  Standing there looking at the enormous hole, tears flowed from my eyes remembering what happened in this spot just one year earlier.

I went back to Ground Zero in 2005 with my Mother, daughter and cousin.  We stayed at the Embassy Suite which is located right next to Ground Zero.  As a matter of fact when we looked out our window we could see it.  I still had the same feelings of sadness that I felt three years earlier when I was there with my family.

Ground Zero 2002:

Ground Zero 2005:


  1. I can't believe it has been 10 years since that terrible day. I will never forget it, and I was on the other side of the world when it happened. My heart goes out to all Americans on this anniversary!

  2. my tears go out to all effected, which is everyone... forever!

  3. I remeber watchingthe second plane hit while watching TV with my oldest child. I felt sick to my stomach and couldn't get the horror of it out of my head.

  4. You know, when I was a kid they were building those towers. My dad proudly boasted that they were a sign of why America is the best. I remember going up the Empire State Building after the towers were built and NY'ers were grumbling about the hideously overdone twin towers that put everything in the shade. What I couldn't believe was how big they looked from the Empire State Building deck! It was inconceivable. It surely has to be the world's biggest structural collapse. Knowing how those were built and how big they were, it's really beyond awful-awful. Even 10 years later, my mind can't wrap around it and the rippling effects for every American, not just those who lost someone, but all of us. When you cut us, we all bleed.

  5. I just remember taking my ex's kids to school , and wanting to listen to the Howard Stern show , and he wasn't on . A guy was reporting some weird news, so I changed the station , and he was on that station that I changed to as well. He said planes were falling from the sky , and he was freaking out . So I changed the station again ,and again . He was on all of the radio station , I knew it was something bad going on . It was like something out of a movie, and nothing seemed real for a few days.

  6. I feel like anything I say is just going to be repeating things I've been reading all day. But, may those who were lost rest in peace, and those affected find comfort and strength in the years to come.