My 9/11 Memory

I remember it like it was yesterday. I live in NY, about 30 miles north of NYC. Crystal clear morning is what I remember. Deep blue sky and not a cloud to be seen. I was at work that morning like many others when we heard about the first plane. We set up a TV in an office and watched. Eyes glued to the TV. Around noon there were reports that bridges in our area would be closed. Since I need to cross one of those bridges to get back home I decided to leave the office. I really thought the roads would be packed, but they weren’t. On a clear day like it was that day you can see the George Washington Bridge along with the NYC skyline as you cross the bridge I go across. As I crossed the bridge that day and looked to my left towards NYC I could see the blue sky filled with smoke over NYC and you could almost smell it as well. I guess at that point everything became real and very close to me. I thought about what must be going on down there.Needless to say I wanted to get home to my family. Of course we watched the news all night long. My kids were young and really didn’t understand what was happening. As we sat and ate dinner that night you could not help but notice the unusual quiet outside due to the order to ground all flights. Except for one helicopter late in the evening flying overhead, followed by an air force fighter jet following it. We learned the next day that some kind of county government person had a helicopter fly him home from Albany without clearance. A fighter jet was sent up to shoot him down if the helicopter did not identify itself. Of course I could never confirm all of this, but to see the fighter jet fly over my development was such a site.
I made it down to the World Trade center site a year later and of course at that point the area was cleaned of all the rubble and there was nothing except a big hole in the ground. We collected all the magazines and newspapers from the weeks and months that followed. I watch all the shows that come on every year on 9/11. Even as I write this I’m watching a 9/11 special. So many lives lost and for no reason. The day will of course always be remembered for those who lost their lives, those who tried to save lives, those who saved lives and those who lost their lives trying to save others. I watch these 9/11 specials and listen to the stories and just shake my head in amazement that it happened even eight years later.

DVD’s that I feel capture everything about that day…
In Memoriam, an HBO special with Rudy Giuliani
9/11, a special which features two brothers doing a documentary on rookie firefighters
World Trade Center, an Oliver Stone movie with Nicholas Cage

A 9/11 book that I believe is a must read…
Last Man Down, about FDNY Battalion Commander Richard Picciotto

sept 11 2001

Comments
  1. Kelly H

    What a memory. I was in a bad place in life and usually would have been sleeping in after I took my son to school, but for whatever reason I was watching the TV and seen it the moment the news got a hold of it.

    You just never forget a day like that. I can’t imagine how it must have felt to see it when your own eyes.

    Ive seen those DVDs except the HBO special. Very good movies, and everyone should take the time to watch them.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story with us.

  2. James Edwards

    A morning filled with tragedy, sorrow tears and cries but an afternoon and night filled with courage resolve and a love for a nation that is unmatched across the globe we as Americans may not be perfect by any means but when something like this happens we stick together even after Pearl harbor we banded together as a country a single unit that couldnt be defeated

  3. I felt like I was trapped in a bad dream that day. For a few hours I had a cousin and a brother that worked for the port authority and we didnt hear back from them until late that night when they had to walk across the brooklyn bridge covered in soot and ash. There was no way to get in touch with them because cell phones were not working. They had to evacuate our mall at noon because of a bomb scare, and crazy rumors everywhere, most of which were false. It was insane and so tragic.

  4. Nicole V

    God bless all who lost their lives that day, God bless all who lost a loved one that day and God bless our Military who is trying to this day to clean up this mess.