Remembering 9/11

A few weeks back fellow Hubber soldieringon put up a forum thread suggesting that on September 11th as many of us as possible wrote hubs in remembrance of those who died on 9/11. This year is the tenth anniversary of that terrible day, and he suggested we could write hubs that said where we were, how we felt, what we did, or how it affected ourselves or a loved one.

At the time I responded to say I didn't feel I had enough to make up a Hub, but told him of my memories of that fateful day when the World Trade Center was destroyed along with so many lives. Soldieringon thought differently though, and asked me to write the Hub up anyway. I do feel it is very important we never forget what happened that dreadful day, and that those who gave their lives trying to save others are also not forgotten or their bravery taken for granted. Therefore, whilst this may not be my longest Hub, I hope it conveys my thoughts and feelings as they were on 9/11, and how they are today, ten years later.

I was at home on the day the Twin Towers came down. I had randomly switched on my television and the station I was on was flooded with the story, and within seconds I was in total shock, and rapidly moved to tears. Rarely have I ever been so distraught as the events unfolded before my eyes.

It seemed unbelievable as first the footage of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers was shown, followed by all the other horrors such as the further plane hitting the Pentagon, then the news of another plane having crashed where the brave passengers had attempted to overpower the terrorists on board.

I sat there alone on my sofa, feeling like a block of ice cold shock was sitting in the pit of my stomach. Tears rolling down my cheeks as footage was shown of people throwing themselves from the tower windows to certain death in order to avoid being burned alive. Things just seemed to get worse and worse, as answerphone messages were played where people still trapped in the upper floors of the two towers called their loved ones to tell them how much they loved them and to say their goodbyes.

Then of course there were the incredibly brave firefighters who were risking their own lives to try and save as many people as possible, in spite of the fact the buildings were completely unstable. The rescuers and their search dogs who tried to get to those buried under rubble even before the towers fell, again knowing that at any moment they could be the next victims.

Then there was the moment, the terrible and awful moment when first one tower fell, and then the other. It seemed to happen in slow motion, yet I knew I was watching as hundreds upon hundreds of people died before my eyes, most of whom were innocent civilians simply trying to do their jobs and feed their families.

I don't think I moved from that couch for the rest of the day, I just couldn't believe what I was seeing was actually happening. Of course it didn't end in one day though. This was followed by days and then weeks of further searching. Walls full of pictures of missing loved ones, and families standing vigil at Ground Zero in the vain hope their missing family member or friend might just miraculously be found alive, the sad truth being that this was incredibly unlikely, and in many cases even the bodies were never found.

The only way I can describe it now is that it felt like a wave of total grief and despair reverberated around the world like a giant wave. Numerous nations felt this way, not just Americans, and for a brief period I believe the majority of the world was united, not only with their revulsion for the terrorists who were responsible for this cruelty, but also with sympathy for those victims who had died and for their families left behind. Wherever you went, people were in shock or in tears, and again, this was in many countries not just the United States.

Many might ask why it affected me so deeply when I don't live in the US? My answer would be that coming from a Financial Centre Island such as the Channel Island of Guernsey, I knew many people on Guernsey would have actual colleagues working in the twin towers. I was not living on Guernsey at the time, but even listening to those terribly sad answerphone messages left by people trapped in the towers to their loved ones, or seeing the people jumping to their deaths, hearing the tales of rescuers bravery resulting in their own deaths, just broke my heart.

My Step Father is a retired Fire Chief, and I know he, like me, still sheds tears every time the stories of the bravery shown by so many are aired on documentaries. Seeing fellow Firefighters dying whilst trying to save lives with no thought for their own safety is something he understands all too well, but when those deaths are so needless and as a result of a cowardly act of terrorism, it is doubly painful.

To this day I cannot watch the programmes on the 9/11 tragedy without ending up in tears, even in public places such as our local bar.

I have a Husband who works locally in the Finance Industry, and he went to Ground Zero a year or two after the tragedy. He was disgusted to find Chinese people selling T-Shirts saying something like "I Have Been to 9/11". That was just so sick, and a twisted way of profiting of from a disaster.

Even typing this hurt and brought tears to my eyes yet again.What a tragic and pointless waste of life! I for one will never forget 9/11, nor will I ever forgive those who perpetrated those acts of terrorism on innocent civilians in the most cowardly manner possible. May they all suffer in the most appalling ways imaginable as some kind of justice (be it here or in the afterlife), and even that will still never be enough for what they did!

One small comfort was something my Husband told me. I cannot confirm if it is true or not, but I believe he was told this when he visited Ground Zero. Apparently whilst many buildings near to the twin towers were also badly damaged or destroyed as a result of the towers coming down, one building nearby escaped without so much as a broken pane of glass. That building was a Chapel!


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American Romance 5 years ago from America

great story! Horrific day! We will not forget!


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you American Romance, truly a terrible day that no-one should forget.


marellen 5 years ago

I have tears now on this day 10 years ago. I doubt any of us will ever forget no matter what country you live in.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I totally agree marellen, and thank you for commenting.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi Misty. Good to see you. I was in Mexico when 9/11 took place. I lived in the US for some years and have many friends there. I have watched the Ceremony today with much emotion. So many people lost in this type of stupidity. 60 million in WW2! It would take a while to read out those names, many of whom are lost to us.

Bobx


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Bob, long time no see, and great to see you now. Too many deaths for no good reasons happen in this world, and I never fail to become very emotional when the subject comes up.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

That was a terrible day! I was at work when the breaking news. I saw it on the internet at the time. I live in Jamaica but can imagine what you all must have went through.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks for commenting Cardisa, I think wherever any of us were in the world we were traumatised.


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Lela Bryan 5 years ago from Alameda, CA

I was working from home and my mom called and told me to turn on the tv. I will never forget seeing the people jump out of the buildings. Horrible. There was a audio book that I listened to about 911 and the time line of how everything unfolded.

Condoleezza Rice really, really dropped the ball on this one...... It seems that a lot of people knew things about 911 and she was from this audio book one of the main people that turned a deaf ear.... what a shame.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Lela, thanks for sharing your memories of 9/11 here.

I just finished watching the Documentary called 'The Heroes of the 88th Floor'. So many lives saved because of two men who gave their own in return. The tears are flowing hard once again, so many brave acts happened that day.


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Sandyspider 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

I was at work and had to get a project out. I sat there at the computer and listened to the radio all day.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

It was so traumatic all round Sandy, the radio might have been preferable to the the TV which was even more horrifying. Thanks for sharing your experience here.


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Brandonwm80 5 years ago from Columbus Ohio

great story


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thank you Brandonwm80


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

misty: I know exactly where I was and what I was doing on that fateful Tuesday morning ten years ago. That is one date I will never forget, the day terrorists struck on north american soil. May all who died rest in peace.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Hi Dave,

It still seems so unreal, and to watch some of the documentaries yesterday made it seem as if it had only just happened. The shock felt as fresh and raw as ten years ago, and the pain was unbearable. As you said, may all who died rest in peace (apart from the terrorists of course).


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writersblues 5 years ago from Dubai UAE

May all of them who lost their lives RIP. My respect and prayers for all of them. God bless.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks writersblues. I just tried to tell my parents about the documentary of the 'Heroes of the 88th Floor' documentary. I struggled to get through the story because I kept breaking down in tears as the subject and the tales of bravery distress me so very much.


yadassac 5 years ago

Dear Cindy,

Pearl Harbour was bad enough,but 9/11 plumbed the depths 0f evil. America will cope with it,just as the nation did back in 1941. Nevertheless,your well expressed memories and comments will hearten those who still bear the heaviest burden - it does help if others share some of the pain.

Love James


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

Thanks James, of course you are right, and I guess many of those who witnessed or were effected by 9/11 were not even alive in 1941, so this is theirs (and my) first real experience of such large scale and terrible loss of life. Perhaps at least we now have a better understanding of what our Grandparents meant when they talked of the horrors of 1941.

See you soon.

Love

Cindy


Husky1970 5 years ago

Mistyhorizon2003, thanks so much for sharing your experiences, thoughts, and feelings about 9/11/2001. You have conveyed your account of that day in a very personal way that we all can relate to. You now have me thinking that I should also share my memories of that day in a hub. Thanks for providing the impetus.


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mistyhorizon2003 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands) Author

I hope you do share you memories of that day in a Hub Husky1970, it immortalizes in time all the thoughts and feelings of so many people who remember that day so vividly. Assuming the Internet 'never ends' then those thoughts and feelings will live on long after we have passed away, there for future generations to find as a record of the pain that terrible event created.


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lone77star 2 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

There are too many questions and anomalies about the events of that day to merely remember the news feeds and official stories.

WTC7, for instance, fell at perfect free fall for the first 8 floors of collapse. Free fall means ZERO resistance. Solid steel NEVER offers Zero resistance. With all the other evidence found by independent investigators, controlled demolition is the only explanation. Because controlled demolition requires weeks of preparation in buildings of that size, 9/11 was an inside job. And because CIA was one of the government agencies with offices in WTC7, they had to know what was going on in their own building (i.e. they were involved).

Thousands of scientists, engineers and architects have signed the petition at Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth -- http://ae911truth.org

Thousands of concerned professionals disagree with the government's conspiracy theory.


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greeneyedblondie 22 months ago

I actually don't remember that day at all. I was quite young when it happened. My brother and sister were in school though. My mom says that at home we were watching seaseme street when she changed the channel and saw it happening.

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