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It doesn't seem like that long ago and at the same time, it does. I remember where I was when I heard about what happened and I remember who told me; doesn't everyone?

Where were you?

I was at work, and a friend sent me an email; he said, "Did you hear a plane crashed into the World Trade Center?" My first thought was some poor person had a heart attack while flying a small plane and crashed, because who could conceive of someone purposefully flying a plane into a building?

Every time I walk outside and see a bright blue sky, with just the right amount of crisp coolness in the airI think of that day. Remember what a beautiful day it started out to be? I think of that day when I see fire engines, planes, skyscrapers, even large flakes of snow slowly falling from the sky.

Yesterday I was in a hotel in Portland, Maine. Got up, turned the tv on and there was Joel Meyerowitz, talking about his memories of 9/11.

I discovered the beautiful photography of Joel Meyerowitz on my honeymoon in Provincetown in 1981. An amazing artist and the things he does with light! He was in New York immediately prior to 9/11/01, taking photographs, ironically, of the World Trade Center. Here are some links that show his work, and talk about September 11th:

Joel Meyerowitz

911 exhibit

Museum of London

This link talks about coping with 9/11:

Coping

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The following are emails I collected about the events of 9/11. People's stories, where they were, what they felt, opinions...etc.

Gener, 9/11/01. He works in the Pentagon: Just wanted to let you know things are alright on our end although we are on a lock-down mode on base, facilities and elsewhere in the city between downtown DC and the Pentagon. Everyone in the office are also fine and were able to call us before they were evacuated out of the office. Gotta go for now as the phones are ringing off the hook.

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Masayo, 9/11/01:
LISTEN TO YOURSELF!
BELIEVE YOURSELF!
SINCE YOU KNOW ME FOR LONG, YOU ARE IN SAFE.

BE SAFE! GO & HIDE OR CAMP IN A MOUNTAIN IN MAINE!
ANYTHING YOU NEED, LET ME KNOW!
IF YOU COULD, COME TO JAPAN ANYTIME! WITH YOUR FAMILY!

YOKOTA AND ALL AMERICAN FACILITIES ARE IN EMERGENCY CONDITION.
JAPANESE MILITARY OR POLICES ARE COORPORATIVE POSITION FOR THEM.

my reply, 9/11/01

Masayo,

What a horrible day! When I first heard about a plane hitting the
World Trade Center in NY (only 4 hours from here!) I thought it was a small plane, that maybe the pilot had had a heart attack or something. Never in my wildest dreams did I think it was a terrorist attack! Those poor people on the plane, and in the building :-(((

How could anyone do such a thing? My parents are on vacation right
now, in Virginia, not close to DC tho, thankfully! I hope the worst is
over, but unfortunately, I think now we'll probably go to war :-(

I'll write more later,

love, Janet

Masayo's reply, 9/11/01:

GREAT to hear from you, really!! Your family is fine and everything! I worried about you in shock. Mom was the one keep telling me about your safe and send a message to you. Be careful, not to control by anyone.

"Trust no one."
- X-files

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This is a column written by Leonard Pitts, Jr. from the Miami Herald.

Published Wednesday, September 12, 2001


We'll go forward from this moment
It's my job to have something to say.
They pay me to provide words that help make sense of that which troubles the American soul. But in this moment of airless shock when hot tears sting disbelieving eyes, the only thing I can find to say, the only words that seem to fit, must be addressed to the unknown author of this suffering.

You monster. You beast. You unspeakable bastard.

What lesson did you hope to teach us by your coward's attack on our
World Trade Center, our Pentagon, us? What was it you hoped we would learn? Whatever it was, please know that you failed.

Did you want us to respect your cause? You just damned your cause.

Did you want to make us fear? You just steeled our resolve.

Did you want to tear us apart? You just brought us together.

Let me tell you about my people. We are a vast and quarrelsome family, a family rent by racial, social, political and class division, but a
Family nonetheless. We're frivolous, yes, capable of expending tremendous emotional energy on pop cultural minutiae -- a singer's revealing dress, a ball team's misfortune, a cartoon mouse. We're wealthy, too, spoiled by the ready availability of trinkets and material goods, and maybe because of that, we walk through life with a certain sense of blithe entitlement. We are fundamentally decent, though -- peace-loving and compassionate. We struggle to know the right thing and to do it. And we are, the overwhelming majority of us, people of faith, believers in a just and loving God.

Some people -- you, perhaps -- think that any or all of this makes us weak. You're mistaken. We are not weak. Indeed, we are strong in ways that cannot be measured by arsenals.


IN PAIN

Yes, we're in pain now. We are in mourning and we are in shock. We're
Still grappling with the unreality of the awful thing you did, still working to make ourselves understand that this isn't a special effect from some Hollywood blockbuster, isn't the plot development from a Tom Clancy novel. Both in terms of the awful scope of their ambition and the probable final death toll, your attacks are likely to go down as the worst acts of terrorism in the history of the United States and, probably, the history of the world. You've bloodied us as we have never been bloodied before.

But there's a gulf of difference between making us bloody and making us fall. This is the lesson Japan was taught to its bitter sorrow the last time anyone hit us this hard, the last time anyone brought us such abrupt and monumental pain. When roused, we are righteous in our outrage, terrible in our force. When provoked by this level of barbarism, we will bear any suffering, pay any cost, go to any length, in the pursuit of justice.

I tell you this without fear of contradiction. I know my people, as you, I think, do not. What I know reassures me. It also causes me to tremble with dread of the future.

In the days to come, there will be recrimination and accusation, fingers pointing to determine whose failure allowed this to happen and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. There will be heightened security, misguided talk of revoking basic freedoms. We'll go forward from this moment sobered, chastened, sad. But determined, too. Unimaginably determined.


THE STEEL IN US

You see, the steel in us is not always readily apparent. That aspect of
Our character is seldom understood by people who don't know us well. On this day, the family's bickering is put on hold.

As Americans we will weep, as Americans we will mourn, and as Americans, we will rise in defense of all that we cherish.

So I ask again: What was it you hoped to teach us? It occurs to me that maybe you just wanted us to know the depths of your hatred. If that's the case, consider the message received. And take this message in exchange: You don't know my people. You don't know what we're capable of. You don't know what you just started.

But you're about to learn.

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9/13/01 From my friend Rod, whom I met in an airport bar, in response to the above article:

“Thanks for the article. It was pretty good. I hope that none of your
Family or friends was affected directly by the past events. If so, I'd like to extend my heart felt condolences.”

9/13/01, From my friend Dave, or Adve, as I liked to mistype his name in chat:

as i reply to this Janet, im in tears, im overwhelmed
by patriotism...
God Bless America

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Automatic email from the Food Network on 9/13:

Food Network News - Special Edition

In deference to the recent tragic events in New York City, all Emeril Live tapings for the next few weeks
have been postponed. All tickets for these tapings will be honored at a future date and ticket holders
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Michael Lomonaco, who used to appear on the Food Network, is safe. He was not at Windows on the World
at the time of the catastrophe. However, many of his staff did not survive. All of us here join with the
nation in mourning them and all the others who were lost in this terrible tragedy.

Food Network will resume publishing its regular newsletter next week.

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9/13/01, me: Just got off the phone with Gaylen, she, Don & kids are fine, the base schools are closed, as is the commissary. How're y'all doing?

9/13/01 Lisa's, whom I met when I lived in Japan reply:

Hey Janet, thanks, we are all fine. Everything stayed open here except the bases. Only essential personnel. Have only seen a little of Ollie in the last few days. How are you doing? Pretty crazy hugh, can't believe what this world is coming to. I guess they have been in the Boston area for awhile. My mom said some were in a hotel near her house and flew from Portland to Boston that morning. Been glued to the TV! Hope all is well with you, thanks for the email. Take care Lisa

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From: "AirTran Airways Net Escapes"
Subject: AirTran Airways Flights Resume
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2001 17:15:39 -0400

Dear AirTran Airways customer,

The FAA has today authorized air carriers to resume commercial air travel that was suspended following Tuesday's tragic events. AirTran Airways will resume flying most of its schedule beginning Thursday
afternoon.

In accordance with FAA requirements, the following new security measures are being instituted at all airports:

* Passengers only will be permitted through the security checkpoint.

* All passengers will be required to show a reservations receipt or a boarding pass, along with a valid, government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver's license or passport) at the security checkpoint in order to
proceed to the departure gate.

* If a passenger does not have a reservations receipt, the passenger must go to the airport ticket counter to check-in and get a boarding pass in order to proceed through the security checkpoint.

* Curbside baggage check-in has been suspended. Passengers must check their bags at the ticket counter.

* Please allow for extra time needed at the airport to comply with the increased security measures. We recommend you arrive at the airport 90 minutes before flight departure time.

We appreciate your patience during this difficult time. Your safety continues to be our primary concern and all of our actions are designed to provide the highest level of safe ground and air operations.

As always, thank you for traveling with us, and we look forward to serving you on your next flight.

Sincerely,
AirTran Airways

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From: "KAREN"
Subject: WTC
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 08:29:28 -0400

Dear Family & Friends,

In May, Mark & I took the boys to New York City to visit the Statue of Liberty. With the devastation that has occurred this week, we took out our photos and I couldn't believe the one taken while waiting for the Liberty Ferry. I don't know why the flag was flying at half-staff but it was. I share this photo with you in observance of our National Day of Mourning.

In Peace,
Karen
WTCinRemembrance.jpg

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From AA, 9/18/01:

On behalf of the entire American Airlines family, I wanted to take a moment to express our deepest sympathies to the thousands affected by last week's tragic events. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with
each and every one of you.

As we resume operations and implement heightened security measures, the travel experience has changed for all of us. While we continue to work closely with the FAA to implement the new security directives, we also
want to make sure you are aware of changes that have been put in place to ensure safe travel. Please refer to
http://info.aa.com/Key=10361.DdbA.B.FKCm5 for details of these new procedures.

While these procedures are in effect at all U.S. airports, keep in mind that individual airports may have instituted further security procedures. You may want to check with your local airport's web site or information hotline before you leave home, just to be sure you'll know what to expect.

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. And be assured, we will do everything in our power to make your travels as smooth as possible.

Sincerely,
Don Carty
Chairman and CEO
American Airlines

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From me, 9/19/01:

Hi Sue,

I was just wondering how your friend Paul is doing and if he is ok after the horrible attack in NY.

Sue’s answer, same day:
Yes, Paul is OK, but it was scary. He works 4 blocks away from WTC. He got out before everything collapsed. I tried for hours to get in touch with him, finally talked to him that afternoon. I can't imagine what they are all feeling. I know I feel horror. For the New Yorkers, Paul says they are all still in shock. I've also wondered about Steve (FIREMANNY). Has anyone heard anything? I work with a girl whose brother was one of the firemen that got caught in the collapse of the buildings.

What's it like in Boston? I have the feeling it must feel very weird there too. We seem so far removed from everything here in Indiana, but want to do things for people. It's a helpless feeling.

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An email I sent out and the replies I got back:

Me:

It feels a bit more real now that some time has passed. I'm angry, sad, shocked, horrified all at the same time. Some friends and I (MaryEllen, Julie and Don) email each other during the day and the first I'd heard of anything was when I got an email from Don saying "Did you hear a plane crashed into the World Trade Center?" My first thought was some poor person had a heart attack while flying a cessna and crashed...I couldn't have been more wrong! I, along with another woman in my company, was interviewing a receptionist candidate at 10, and so didn't hear about the Pentagon til 1045 or so, and I'll tell you...I was more shocked about that than the WTC, in part because there's a no fly zone there, and also because the WTC had been
attacked before and, in my mind, was a prime terrorist attractant, whereas I would have felt perfectly safe working at the Pentagon. As more details emerge from the plane that went down in PA, it makes me feel proud that those people onboard did what they did. A hard decision to make, and they actually voted! and did something we can only hope we never have to do.

Wendy, 9/19/01:

I too am very angry, very upset for all the human loss, the innocent human loss that occured last week. I was at work when all of this took place, I don't have a television where I am, but there is one in the
waiting room. Patients and their families started telling us about it, we would go out when we could. I almost didn't want to go out and look at the television at all the suffering that was taking place. At the same time I wanted to be there so I could help in the hospitals there.

I didn't allow myself to cry until I got home. Or perhaps it didn't all hit me until then, knowing that we as a country cannot allow "them" to get away with this. Now we have to find out who "them" is, and I also don't want any American given rights to be taken away from us. I am a
constitutionalist, while I love my country and would fight to protect it, I also believe that if you should want to, you should be able to burn the flag and make voodoo dolls of GW and stick pins in him. I haven't spoken to Don about this, I am sure he is hot. I think the men see this a little differently than women do.

They want some ass kicked, I want the correct asses kicked. I do believe that whoever did this horrible thing will be caught and brought to justice. I am not a very religious person, but I do believe in God. I wear a cross around my neck, I found myself holding it between my thumb and forefinger, closing my eyes and saying small prayers throughout the past week. When they started saying that the planes were hijacked from Boston, I thought of you and said a lil prayer to keep
my friend safe. Musta worked :)

From Masayo, 9/19/01:

I also thought about different terro group as you felt in your first impression of WTC. Don't you think, when we feel in same way it usually tells us something...

I didn't know Akebono in Yokota. [in reponse to a link I’d sent her] I can imagine you read through that long page in mega-quick in your busy-bee office, which means you are same. Thanks you're fine.

From Beth, 9/20/01. She and her family lived next door to me when I was growing up:

I was at home, it was just before 7:00 am, and my neighbor was banging on the door. I got up to let him in. He was yelling about the crashes, and like you he was terrified about the Pentagon. I turned on the TV and immediately received calls from the Beecy's asking where mom and dad were. They planned to fly out at 9:40 from Manchester to Newark, then off to John Wayne in Orange County. There were aprox 2 hours of dread till they arrived home and called me. I am better now than I was last week, but I can't help to feel a state of fear "for we are fighting an enemy we have no weapons to defeat." I hope our countrymen can learn this level of hate, terrorism, and disregard for human life that will allow us to fight this war.

From Lori, 9/20/01.

Well, I was at work and got a call from our Technical Director around 8:55a. (They have a TV in the tech room). He says "Did you hear what happend? You need to get back here right away!" I didn't know what he was talking about and figured it had to do with one of our shows or something, or a stray animal which we seem to collect around the building. So I grabbed some of the staff in the front office and went backstage. The first thing I said was "what movie are you watching??". They said it wasn't a movie and then of course I discovered what had happened. I was it total disbelief. Standing with my mouth hanging open, almost wanting to laugh it off because it was too much for my eyes or my brain to comprehend. It didn't become real for me until the evening of Sept 12. I was watching the news. Glued to my TV set like the rest of the country. And the media reporter was interviewing the families of an entire company of people that had been lost at the WTC. They were crying, holding up pictures, describing what their dads, sons, wives, sisters, etc. had been wearing, their eye color, their weight and so on. It was at that moment that I completely lost everything. The distance that seemed to seperate me from the disaster suddenly hit home inside my head. I cried for a couple of hours unable to get the images out of my head. So, I'm filled with sadness, shock, anger. Anger at those who did this to the US, but also angry with the media for continuing to show those horrendous images over and over again. The image of the space shuttle explosion in the 80's is still vivid in my head. This image of the WTC and the pentagon are burned into my memory. At times I want to turn off my television, ignore my papers, unplug my radio, but then I feel as if I'm not being supportive or not being patriotic. Is that a horrible thing to want to escape the reality of this tragedy? Those who have lost loved ones can't escape it. So, a part of me wants to retreat into the wilderness and start anew, and the other wants to stand with the firefighters and those many people as they slowly remove the rubble...

From Dave, 9/20/01

like yourself, I (and countless other thousands of Americans)am sad, and completely horrified by the actions that took place that day..
I was just walkin in from work when my mom yelled to me "David!! come quick!! a plane just hit the world trade center!!" not really thinking anything of it, i went about changing clothes etc. i happened to glance at the TV just as the second plane hit the WTC, my body went numb, i couldnt believe what i was seeing, then the Pentagon, (i myself dont see Reagan Intl. reopening, ever. (lest for a Rowland at the end of the runway, i dont think the American ppl will buy that) to be honest, i was full of rage tuesday evening, i could have really hurt any mid-easterner i saw w/o even thinking of it, looking back now, im glad i stayed home

P.S. This has affected me like no other emotion ive ever felt, the extremity of the range of emotions is overwhelming... one minute, i wanna strangle summin, the next, im damn near in tears, but the one thing that has never left me is the spirit that makes this country what it is today, to all of us...
God Bless America
Adve
"Sure I am this day we are masters of our fate, that
the task which has been set before us is not above our
strength; that its pangs and toils are not beyond our
endurance. As long as we have faith in our own cause
and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be
denied us."
-Winston Churchill

From Karen, 9/20/01

I'm not going to sit here and describe the events...or try to get it across how terrible the whole thing is...IT IS ALL THAT AND MORE!!

I found out it was happening (about 9:30 or so) while I was at the gym.
... two woman were talking about flights and how the airport would be closed and her parents would probably not be going to Vegas on Friday.....I asked, "How come, is the hurricane going to hit us?" And she said, "Noooo, you don't know? Two planes crashed into the World Trade Towers!" Well, we went on and on about speculation and feelings and fear......and then I went home and put on the TV and joined the country in shock and tears. I've spent a week crying off and on while listening to or reading the stories of all the people being interviewed.
It is a surreal feeling to think of doing anything FUN now.....or to think of traveling....I just keep wondering what they are going to do next, and they will do something. I watched the show on Discovery last night about why they hate us and it just seems to me that they are on a mission and they are going to complete it. How can the world wipe out all terrorists? For every bin Laden there are hundreds wanting to step into his shoes......
It may be a knee jerk reaction but part of me thinks the US should close its doors, and deport all Muslims...if they hate us so much - send them home! (I know, I know...but I said it was a knee jerk reaction). I don't think we should hurt them and I'm sorry for the innocent people who are being attacked now...but the thing is, how do we know if they are really innocent...HEAVY SIGH....the terrorists seemed perfectly innocent in their communities.
Shame on our government for not being more aware of what they were doing....the old spy days are coming back....only people could've figured that out, not high-tech.
Well....that is what I is what I was doing and have been thinking about.

From Grae, 9/21/01

At the shipyard, we've always known that we were targets. Afterall, if you want to criple a military, stop the ones who build the ships. As we watched the events unfold on a tiny tv in the directors office, it seemed as if they were making their way down the cost. The fear that filled us can not be compared to anything. And then you add in the fact that most of us are transplants, many of our small group standing there watching, wondered about friends and family who were in the areas hit.

I went to NY on my honey moon, and the first thing I remember seeing was the WTC. I still find it hard to believe that they are no longer there. It's like the memories have been ripped from my head.

Still, I have held strong to the belief that whatever does not kill us makes us stronger. And yes they have taken human lives, but they can never kill the spirit and dream that is American!

From Marcus, 9/25/01

Hey J,
I feel you completely! It was and still is shocking. Definitely one I can never forget! Glad to know you're well and safe.

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From Lisa, 9/21/01 in response to an email from me giving her Gaylen’s phone number in England:

Thanks Janet!! I called last night and she said there is talk of sending the dependents back to the states. They are closing on their house today so she is trying to figure out where she will go if this happens. The base will decide next week sometime if they are going to act on it. Other than that they are all fine, she said that she is working at the commissary on base and really likes it cause she can work while the kids are in school. She was also wondering about your friend that works at the Pentagon? Is he OK? Did you know a lot of people who were in the blast? Well I better run, thanks again Lisa

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Me, 10/20/01

I was laying in bed Saturday morning and I heard this scratching sound outside (the miracle here was the dogs didn't even bark!)...looked out the window and there were 5 people raking the lawn!!! I got dressed and went out to talk to them:

Hi! Are you the raking fairies?

(laughs) why, yes we are!

They admitted they were from my parents' church, and belonged to a group called Kickin' Habits Support Group. When they were done (they raked AND bagged the leaves), they left a little sign near the tree in the front yard. It says:

This random act of kindness
has been sponsored by the
KICKIN' HABITS SUPPORT GROUP!

I thought it was sweet, and they said it was their way of dealing with September 11th. Just a thought :-) So...don't feel helpless...it's what the terrorists want...to make Americans unhappy, scared, helpless...

You've given blood, donated money, done what you could. Now you just have to get on with life and ENJOY it! That's the BEST revenge on those terrorists, you all know that!

hang in there (go raking?)

Janet, Max (I'll bark at those terrorists til they go DEAF) & Chibi (And I'll PEE on them!)

And Lori’s reply:

hahahah... RAKING fairies.... Wow, now that is random acts of kindness. Sept. 11 was a test for humanity and more and more people are showing their true colors. No matter how horrendous the attacks, we really needed something to wake us up. Ya know? Wow, I'm suddenly in the mood to chat... That's something I haven't wanted to do in a long time. Take care of yourself. I'll talk to you soon!

Diane’s reply:

Awesome story because its yours, and told so eloquently.

Sherrie’s reply:

THat is so sweet...I find random acts of kindness around me more than I ever have before...even got a free candle! People taking the time to help out, others having more patience than usual. Its heartwarming to hear that all this kindness is spreading. I miss you.. take care, hugs tight!

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Don, 9/11/02:

Yahoo has these neat memorial tiles you can make. In self-promoting fashion, here is my tile:
http://tiles.remember.yahoo.com/view/82c8743b0

Janet:

I have some stories from friends about where they were, what they were doing on the day of the attack...if any of you want to read them...

Don: I'd love to see them. :)

From Don, 9/11/02:

That gave me cold chills to read it. I, like you, thought that some Poor Cessna had hit the WTC at first and then it became all to real as more and people were saying "another one just hit the bldg.", "a plane just hit the pentagon"...etc. My boss and I grabbed our portable radios and headed to the communications center where we set up a command center. I remember that I just wanted to get my son and daughter and hold them tight because I didn't know what was coming next.

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9/13/04
Lauren: It's funny how you saved emails from that day. I was just thinking that on Sat and wished I saved my emails. It still saddens me to this day about that day.


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I was at work at AOL. Our tvs were on, and I thought the first plane was just a horrible accident. Then the second plane hit and my mind went blank. Our building, right accross from Dulles Airport, was evacuated. I cried the whole way home, scared to death. I couldn't reach my parents, I couldn't reach anyone. My friend was concerned about her dad (who worked at the Pentagon, but was luckily not there that day). I watched TV all day, mesmerized. For days after all I heard were the fighter jets flying over, and each time I thought oh no, not again.

I honor a victim today. Stop by if you can.

Posted by carmen at September 11, 2006 8:55 AM


I was home, but then you know that. Because I called you in tears.

Posted by Maribeth at September 11, 2006 9:31 AM


I was at work on that morning. And yes, the sky was an unbelievable blue. I had patients come into my office that just dropped their grand-daughter off at tower 1...they heard on the radio on the way to my office what had happened. It was a horror. Thankfully she did not enter the building yet but they didnt know that until later that day.

We are relatively close to the city, when we heard, we just thought a place was "off course" and somehow had an unfortunate accident until the 2nd plane hit, and then word of The Pentagon came in. All roads heading into and out of NYC were closed. I had great difficulty getting home because they were letting NO ONE thru even if you lived in that direction. They closed air space - which made the silence even more eerie. All the sounds that were heard were of emergency vehicles with sirens blaring.

As days passed, it was evident by the cars that were left behind at train stations of the people who never made it back. Those cars became shrines. Strangers lit candles, put American flags, cards, prayers and flowers all over those cars to honor them. We attended many candle light vigils. And everyone seemed to grow closer in those days.

I cant believe it was 5 years ago.

God Bless those people, their families and everyone who was affected by that day.......

Posted by Laura at September 11, 2006 9:56 AM


First, I think what you've done here is absolutely essential for the purposes of archiving our reactions and experiences.

But Second, I just can't get through any one of them without turning away, seeking composure, then trying to continue.

Like all of us, the memory is right there, ever-present, and like all of you, I, too, will. never. forget.

Posted by rusvw at September 11, 2006 10:50 AM


It boggles the mind that 5 years have passed. Looking at the images today brings everything back fresh and it feels like it was yesterday. Although the media often annoys me this day and the following days were ones in which I was proud of their coverage and pleased that we had the ability to share in the reality of this tragic day...being able to witness things live helped bond the nation together in the experience and I think that was/is very important.

Posted by Carl V. at September 11, 2006 11:01 AM


Janet..I just can't read all of this...I can't do it today.

I can't cry anymore. My heart is fricking about to explode.

But it was a lovely, lovely tribute.

Thank you for remembering the day.
♥Pam

Posted by Pam at September 11, 2006 11:27 AM


I was getting ready to go to class when I turned on the TV because a friend said that a plane had flown into the tower. I had no idea what the day would bring and that terrible sense of sadness for those who did lose someone.

Posted by goofy girl at September 11, 2006 11:48 AM


Gina and I were driving to work (in Colorado) and were stunned. When we got in, the tvs (which were always on because we worked for a mutual fund company) had the volume turned up.

Then began the process of making sure all of our co-workers in the other tower got out safely.

That was also probably the major turning point for my marriage.

I won't ever forget, but I'm also a little glad that it's the day I moved to MA... that gives me something positive to associate with the day as well.

Posted by Lisa at September 11, 2006 12:38 PM


Thank you for sharing those emails. What a moving way to remember that day and how it has affected us in so many ways, and still does.

I was home on maternity leave with my youngest child and had no idea what had happened until I called my sister. I posted the story on my blog.

I still can't believe this happened, and that people did it in the name of God.

Posted by Colleen Gleason at September 11, 2006 1:40 PM


My first thought on hearing what happened that morning was exactly the same as yours, Janet - that if a plane hit it must have been a small, private plane and the pilot must have had a heart attack or stroke or something.

I was sewing that morning and hadn't turned on the radio or TV and hadn't been online since first checking email early that morning. Sometime that morning (given the timing of when things happened, it had to be just after 10am) the phone rang and it was my dad. He said, "Deb, do you have the TV on?" I said, "no, why?" He said "A plane ran into the World Trade Center" (I thought he meant a small plane) "and" he continued "one of the towers has collapsed. It's completely gone." I remember I said, "no, you must be mistaken. How could the whole tower collapse?" I truly thought he must have it wrong. I hung up and went in to turn on the TV just in time to see the second tower collapse.

One of the things I remember in the days following was how eerily quiet the sky was with no planes traveling overhead.

And of course like everyone I was calling all over to see if anyone I knew was missing. (In my case the answer was no, but so many more found the answer was yes.) And I remember the days of worry to see when and how my husband (who was in Mexico on business at the time) was going to get back into the country and home again.

Posted by DebR at September 11, 2006 3:44 PM


Wow. I wish I had my emails from that day.Yours are precious, Janet. Good reminders and memories there.
It's hard day for the whole country to deal with. I remember coming home from doing errands, switched on the tv and headed to a pile of paperwork that was waiting. Then I happened to see the news from across the room and the whole day just seemed to freeze in time.
I hope it never happens again.

Posted by Laura - VitaminSea at September 11, 2006 3:44 PM


what a beautiful image and sentiments to remember the day with. 5 years. so long ago and yet it seems like yesterday - so cliche I know but its true. my heart goes out to everyone effected directly indirectly - to us all as a country for 9/11/2001.

Posted by Michelle at September 11, 2006 4:05 PM


J and me were riding to work in the morning listening to Howard Stern on 98x(D was in school and Soma wasn't born yet). Howard Stern then mentions to Robin how he sees smoke coming from the towers, then he gets notice about the plane, and then more news... we heard it from his eyes how he was seeing it and hearing it from people near to him and the news he was receiving.

Heartwrenching!! So profoundly sad!!

I love how the American flag is hanging from the tree! How right on! I'm bookmarking the photographers urls and the other links you shared! Thanks for sharing!!! :) You honored 9-11 in such a wonderful way! I'm still teary...

Posted by Patchwork Anahata at September 12, 2006 10:32 AM



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