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September 11 tribute graphics

Updated on June 17, 2015
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Free graphics - a tribute created on September 11, 2001

These tribute graphics were created on that very day, just a few hours after the terrible happenings that none of us will ever forget. You are still free to use these today, if you wish.

They were used a lot soon after they were created and were seen on many websites.One lady even used one of the designs to make a memorial quilt.

Let me tell you how they came about - they were originally intended to show solidarity from the British people living in the States. They were created by my other half and we were pleased that they were so widely used.

It was just before nine in the morning and I was in the shower. I heard what we'll call an expletive coming from the lounge, grabbed a hasty towel and rushed through to see what was happening. He was glued to the TV.

I just didn't realize at first. I hadn't yet admitted to myself that I really needed glasses and so with my somewhat dodgy eyesight, I thought a light aircraft had flown into the building I could see on the television. I assumed that the building had huge glass windows and thought that maybe the pilot hadn't been too badly hurt. That's how naïve I was.

Graphics created by and © of Andy Royston.

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I still didn't understand

'No' he said 'I don't think you understand...' and stopped suddenly when we saw another plane approaching the towers. It too hit.

'My goodness' I said, still thinking because of my rotten eyesight that these were light aircraft 'there must be a problem with air traffic control'.

I still didn't understand.For some reason, I didn't even think about the likelihood of there being people in the building. Assuming that business life in New York started at nine in the morning, or later for bankers, lawyers and other professionals, the building would be unoccupied.

And because I had seen stupid movies where the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger had crashed light aircraft into buildings and merely brushed the broken glass away, I still didn't realize that anyone had been badly hurt.Then reality kicked in. Were we really seeing this?

This was worse than a horror movie. Surely I was dreaming? Surely this couldn't be happening? This is America. This is 2001. I think that it was the same for other people too; we were simply having a hard time believing that this was really taking place as we watched. We tried to deny the truth.

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No work that day

But the full horror hadn't yet sunk in.

Indeed,worse was to come but in the meantime we were distracted by our 'sales guy'. We worked from home then,as we do now, and our colleague used to come around every morning to contact clients and plan our work. He tried a few business phone calls - no-one was replying; everyone was still at home watching events unfold.

We had work but needed client feedback in order to proceed - we were just thinking that we wouldn't be able to work that day when our attention was grabbed by the television.The south tower collapsed.Now we too were glued to the television.

It was only about twenty minutes later that we watched the north tower collapse too. We saw the fires, we saw explosions. You know only too well the tragic sights we had seen before the towers were destroyed and you know what scenes we saw afterwards. None of us will ever forget.I think that we felt one of the same emotions that people allover America were feeling - one of absolute helplessness.

As we watched the scenes just seemed to get worse and worse but there was nothing we could do - just watch with growing horror and fear for ourselves too. If this could happen in New York, it could happen to us.

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British support

Our sales guy left. He wanted to be at home with his family, understandably, now that he fully realized what was going on.

The phone rang and it was a friend calling from England. Naturally, she too had been watching the television ever since the first attack. She wanted to know if we were OK and what our reactions were. I went outside and sat on the dock - it was a beautiful sunny day here in Florida, and we talked on the phone for ages.

When I eventually got back into the apartment I saw that Andy was sitting at the computer. I assumed that he was looking at the BBC website to see how they were reporting the events. But no, what I saw on his monitor was what you see on this page.

Rather than sit feeling helpless he was busy creating the tribute graphics you see on this page.The ones here are the only ones I could find and I had to delve into the very depths of my old (almost antique) computer to find them - after all, although it's fresh in all our minds, it's a long time ago now.

But there was a whole series and we uploaded them to the web for anyone to use free, for whatever purpose they wanted. We received so many emails from people about them, especially from British people - both in America and in other countries - telling us how they used them to show their support for the United States.

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And for the Irish too

I don't have any statistics to work with here but if the chaos on St Patrick's Day in America is anything to go by, then there are a lot of Irish people -or those of Irish descent -living in the USA.

If I remember rightly, graphics were also created with Scottish and Welsh themes so that people from those countries could also show their support by using them.

These were the only ones I could find but please feel free to use them if you'd like to. If I manage to find more from the collection I'll be sure to add them here. If you do use them, it would be wonderful if you could use the contact button on my profile page to let me know. He is always happy to know when his work helps..

Further reading

Do we really want to read about this subject? I think we almost have a duty to, if only so that we have all the facts and future generations will know what happened. I have often been astonished by ill-informed youngsters who have only the vaguest idea of events that happened before their time.

And something I read recently that was a surprise to me but it's true - people who are sixteen / seventeen or younger won't remember the events of September 11. Let's make sure that they know the truth - to help ensure that similar atrocities never happen again.

A little light relief

Mums say the daftest things - well, mine did

I felt compelled to write about this subject. But I don't want to appear morbid or gloomy. What's done is done - we can't change history.

My late mum could always be relied upon to lighten up the gloomiest situations with the things she said - and many times, it was unintentional like this one.

The day after the attacks, we were talking on the phone about it. We were talking about the fact that planes had been grounded and wondering if there would be any more attacks and if flying was safe. She was expressing concern because she was due to go on vacation shortly - by air.

Then she said something that just cracked me up:

'Mind you, I'm only going for two weeks.'

'What,mother? Sorry? What does the duration have to do .... oh,never mind...

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      The graphics are very very good -striking. We'll never forget.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bravewarrior - I think I was about eight years old but I remember it well, too.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Fiorenza, thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @MartieG - anyone who remembers that day will never forget,I'm sure.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Brite-Ideas - what sad memories. I think that what horrified most of us in America is something that you pointed out - we're NOT safe. Because I'm originally from England, I'm a bit more accustomed - for years the IRA were planting bombs in department stores, pubs, other public places - but it was a complete shock that it could happen in America.

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      David B Katague 3 years ago from Northern California and the Philippines

      I love the graphics. One of them I will post in my hub, of course citing the source as Andy Royston. I will never forget 9/11/01

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I agree. I was in first grade when Kennedy was assassinated. Although I was far too young to understand politics, I grieved.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @bravewarrior - I think you're right that everyone will remember exactly where they were. It's the same with the Kennedy assassination for those who are old enough to remember it.

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      Fiorenza 3 years ago from UK

      I was working in an office that had one approach and use computer for internet access and someone got the BBC News website up but the thing 'hung' because so many people were trying to look at the site so all I could see was a very blurred picture and we thought a light plane had hit by accident. Only when I got home and turned on the TV did I see the actual horrific event. Took a long time for it to sink in and actually believe what I was seeing. Never to be forgotten.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 3 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Such a sad,sad day.Thank you for the remembrance.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Like everyone else, I'll never forget that day of course - I was out for my morning walk with my youngest son who was just over a year old - It was a gorgeous day in the Toronto area, just like the weather in New York. A spectacular day! The air was perfect, the sky so so blue - and I kid you not I was thinking THIS while I was walking my baby: 'we are so fortunate to live in this part of the world, we're so safe, we have so much' - I will never forget those thoughts on that day before I knew, or even during the moments this was happening - Got home from my walk, and my husband was home, he ran to the door and said 'HON! OMG...' - and like you, we were glued to the TV - On a sad note, a teacher at our other son's school lost family in the Towers (I remember the next day talking with her, and they didn't know what was what at that time) - So incredibly sad. Blessings to all those who lost someone during and after this horrific event.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Excellent graphics. I don't think we'll ever forget where we were on that day. The entire country was in shock. The proverbial this could never happen to us.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from Perth UK

      This horrific event changed all our lives forever.

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Old Navy Guy: Thank you for reading.

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      Old Navy Guy 3 years ago

      Thank you

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @CaztyBon: What a lovely message, thank you. We're both British-born but we choose to live in America. We are exactly what you say - proud British Americans.

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I was at work when other employees started coming in telling us what happened. I was stunned and spent the rest of the day watching the news. Where I live a lot of First Responders headed for NYC. It was a devastating time!! Thankfully Americans are a gritty group and eventually we came back stronger and better. Unfortunately it took a tragedy to stand up and be proud to be an American. Thank You for being Proud British Americans.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @GregoryMoore: I was just turned nine when Kennedy was shot and yet I remember exactly where I was, too. As you say, there are some things that stay in the mind forever.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Growing up, I can remember my grandparent saying they remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they got the news about Pearl Harbor. My parents say the same thing about when Kennedy was shot. This was my generation's event that we will never forget and vividly remember where we were and what we were doing. Never forget.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @TipsForMoms: That's just what I thought too - it was too awful to be real,somehow. Thanks so much for being the first to comment here.

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      TipsForMoms 4 years ago

      I don't think any of us could ever forget. I remember thinking that it looked like some scene from a movie and that it's not really happening. Great info!