• Today is the anniversary of 911. Almost everyone can remember what they were doing like it was yesterday.

    Asked by GregP_WN on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

    Today is the anniversary of 911. Almost everyone can remember what they were doing like it was yesterday.

    If we learn nothing more from this tragedy we should learn that we need to enjoy life, take it all in, let nothing pass us by that we want, and tomorrow is not promised. Having cancer and getting close to the edge of life and coming back from it is very similar. Do you see any similarities?

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    • Terri's Avatar
      Terri

      I was at work, and the TV was on. I thought it was the start of World War 3. I remember saying to the coworker next to me, "Boy, I would hate to be Muslim right now", later finding out he was Muslim. A horrible time.

      11 days ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      I do. I think the big one is that life can be taken at any time. Live life to the fullest. Hug your family. Eat some cake. Do fun things. Take life one day at a time.

      11 days ago
    • BobbyZ's Avatar
      BobbyZ

      Yes, I remember it clearly. That's funny because I can't remember much of anything. I guess that goes to show you our minds and memory issues bounce all over the place. I agree that we need to seize every minute of every day and take advantage of the time we are given.

      10 days ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar
      PaulineJ

      I remember making coffee with he tv on.I saw the first plane go into the building and thought it was an accident,but almost right after the second plane.Then I was shocked and didn't know what was going on.I was 67 going on 68.And 3 out of 4 children 's birth month also.What a birthday month that was

      10 days ago
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      andreacha

      Personally, I think that the New York Times has been very controversial and appears to like to stir up xxx whenever it can. We have enough of that in these times every day and we don't need additional antagonism. It's bad enough to have a horrendous catastrophe precipitated by people of another country, Islamists or not. My fear today is the large pockets of homegrown terrorists all over the U.S. There are isolated camps in many, many States presently- including mine.

      I was managing a hotel in Hendersonville, TN.on 9/11. I was in the lobby area when my maintenance man ran into the lobby carrying a TV in his arms and was in such a state of panic. We couldn't understand what he was saying. He jumped up on a chair, moved a ceiling tile, and pulled down a cable connector and hooked it up to the TV. He immediately found the right channel (actually, all the channels were live with the attack) and turned the volume up. He must have run pretty fast from his office because we were able to see the 2nd plane hit the South Tower. (He had seen the first plane hit.) Before that, we were all confused. I don't have to explain to anyone what was shown that day and many times thereafter. However, I would take the New York Times to task for their remark about the mainstream media hiding so many things from us, one of which I clearly remember - watching those poor people jumping out of windows to their deaths.

      As Cllinda said, it's up to us to make every day left of our lives special ones and, if we do not know how yet, learn to appreciate them.

      9 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      I live in Brooklyn and was there on 9/11. On way to one of my day jobs. After the buildings collapsed, I walked home (about a mile from my job) and passed people walking and covered in dust from the explosions (my part of Brooklyn is right across the river from downtown Manhattan). Fury, shock, deep sadness, fear - emotions most of our country and the world felt that day and after. We smelled the smoke from Ground Zero for what seemed like at least a month. Many of my friends could see the buildings coming down - from a street corner; an overhead subway car; an apartment window....

      And now it’s 18 years ago. In 2001, it was only two years from my cancer dx. I was able to get old. And so many weren’t.

      7 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      Andreacha, I just read your comment. Thank you for what you said. I agree that it’s the homegrown terrorists who are one of our major threats - and they aren’t Muslim.

      7 days ago
    • Bengal's Avatar
      Bengal

      The one thing I remember about that day; the miracle of modern telecommunication. My niece was working in New York at the time and fled North out of the city as did so many. My cousin's daughter also lived in the city and the two girls were not only cousin's but friends. Communication locally in New York was impossible and my niece couldn't get in touch with C. to see if she was 0K and safe. I was able to get in touch with my cousin on the west coast, he had heard from his daughter that she was alright so I was able to communicate that information back to my neice. Big sigh of relief. My niece's husband worked in a high rise on the New Jersey side and saw the whole thing from his window. Something he will carry with him for life.

      Here at home, I remember my uncle calling from next door "turn on your TV"!!!! We already had it on, watching in horror and thinking of our relatives in the city.

      6 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      I remember that within 24 hours of the Trade Center, my Fire Department started driving a new fire truck to NYC. That fire truck was left in NYC. We have fire fighters here that are dying from that, most joined NYC fire houses til it was time to come home. It was a time that we worked together.

      What many of you don't know is that Sept. 11, is the Day of the San Patricios. They are Latino and Irish firemen in South America, Mexico, here, NYC, San Francisco, Miami, and Ireland---they set aside their parades and parties and went to help.

      6 days ago
    • Carool's Avatar
      Carool

      meyati, going to NY from NM—how caring and compassionate they were (well, firefighters are The Best). And now some are adding their numbers to those murdered during 9/11.

      3 days ago
    • meyati's Avatar
      meyati

      LA and San Francisco Denver- other western cities drove while the rest of the crew flew-as did the extra men here. Fire men from all over joined NYFD until NYC could rebuild. My city paid the FM their regular wages, and sent new men for further shifts. We were short handed, but NYC lost whole crews-some fire houses lost Everyone. It's nice to be in such a compassionate city

      3 days ago

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