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14 Years Ago Today

 

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Tuesday, Sept 11, 2001 a day of tragedy none of us will ever forget. None of you, I am sure will ever forget where your were or what you were doing on that fateful day, I know I won’t. Our lives will never be the same. I think it’s important to think about the events of that day and remember the lives that were lost and just how fragile our world is, I hope nothing like this ever happens again. Every year I mark this day watching the memorial service at the site and the reading of the names. You can still see the profound pain each family member feels when they read the names and it’s so sad. A new tower has been built and a Memorial has been erected, things change, life goes on, it was the day NYC closed down completely and the events of that day will live in our memories forever.

Timeline:

8:46 AM – American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the North tower there were 92 people on board

9:03AM – United Airlines Flight 175 Crashes into the South Tower there were 65 people on board

9:37 AM – American Airlines Flight 77 Crashes into the Pentagon 125 people died including 64 passengers on the plane

9:59 AM – The South Tower falls only 56 minutes after impact

10:03AM – United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into an open field in Shankesville, Pennsylvannia 65 people were on board

10:28 AM – The North Tower Falls

At least 200 people jumped or fell to their deaths from the burning towers

At least 411 emergency workers died trying to rescue people

We lost 343 Brave New York City Firefighters

We lost 37 Port Authority Police Officers

8 EMT’s lost their lives that day

The NYPD lost 23 brave police officers

A total of 2,977 were lost and that does not include the 19 hijackers, I refuse to include them with the innocent people that died that tragic day.

a tribute in light

a tribute in light

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Lest we forget……

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  1. Wonderful post Suzanne as you were across the bridge that fateful day, my friend. I have also written a tribute on my site as well. “We Remember”. Cheryl.

    September 11, 2015
    • Thanks Cheryl I think it is so important on this day to remember. We must be ever vigilant.

      September 11, 2015
  2. Dear Suzanne, Thank you for this lovely memorial. And thank you for including the Pennsylvania plane and the Pentagon in your post. I know those two seem small compared to the Twin Towers, but it often seems like most of the country forgets them. Mega hugs my friend.

    September 11, 2015
    • Thanks Teagan, all were victims of this horrible attack and you are right the twin towers dominated but we cannot forget the lives that were lost at the Pentagon and Shankesville.

      September 11, 2015
  3. Wonderful post Suzanne, still praying and remembering. May God Bless America. xo

    September 11, 2015
  4. I still remember it in my mind, Suzanne. 14 years ago, I just working as usual as the other day. Suddenly, people heard from the news and spread to us. Everyone just starring at the news reporter but feeling helpless and sadness. I felt sick and started to try. Can’t believe it 14 years was gone quietly.

    September 11, 2015
    • We will always remember where we were and what we were doing when the news broke. I could see it from my window and I was in shock. We all felt helpless and sad and sick about the events of that day, Thanks so much Mochi.

      September 11, 2015
  5. I am not going to like this post.
    September 11th is etched like no other date in our memories.
    I was in India and my husband was here in PA doing his MBA. I yet had to join him to be here. The news flashed worldwide and nobody could believe what was happening….for that matter tat something like this could happen…it was devastating. We called up Amit in USA with trembling hands of all was okay where he was…
    Don’t know that state college was far away from where the incidents took place.
    Then started my visa trauma. I got the visa but so many apprehensions etc..
    The people who did it were not even religious. They misused the term religion. BLOODY FANATICS! The God, in whose name they did it, would have cried that day and they probably didn’t get a place in hell even..
    Praying for the PEACE & PEACE only for all of us!
    🙏

    September 11, 2015
    • It is a day etched in our minds and thoughts and we will never forget. It was horrifying and not knowing if your loved ones are safe is the worst feeling in the world. I totally agree the terrorists use the term religiion and in the name of God but God had nothing to do with the actions of those criminal fanatics. Yes praying for Peace for us all thank you Sonal.

      September 11, 2015
  6. There is a movie coming out this fall about the guy who walked a high wire without a net between the twin towers many years ago. It is based on a true story. Though the movie actually looks really good I told my husband it is too soon. I cannot look at those buildings in any context and not still feel the pain of that day and the weeks that followed. I did not know anyone who’s family was directed affected by the horrible act of terrorism and I am still wounded by it. I cannot image what it must have been like to live through it. God bless you, New York, the USA and all who were directly touch by such an unspeakable act!

    September 11, 2015
    • I still have not gone to the site, I can’t it is still too painful. Some movies that had the twin towers in the film have remoed the images. I knew people that were killed that day and had a family member who was there but made it out alive, thank God. I could see the events as they unfolded from the front stoop of my house, it was surreal and shattering and I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember watching the news in disbelief, land line and cell phones did not work so I couldn’t call anyone, there were no cars on the streets and the bridges were closed to traffic except for emergency personnel and law enforecement. My Mother who lives outside of NYC could not reach me and was beside herself with worry, It was a day of grief and horror. Thank you Michelle!

      September 11, 2015
      • I cannot even imagine the horror! I too remember it like it was yesterday. I was literally glued to the tv for days. I finally had to pull myself away because it was consuming me. My husband was in NY a couple weeks ago on business. He found himself right in front of the memorial coming out a meeting so he took the time to explore it. He said it was quite wonderful. He felt some peace from it.

        September 11, 2015
      • One day I will visit the site, my cousins were here last month and were there and said it is quite wonderful. Thank you and I am glad your husband was able to visit the Memorial. I had a closing scheduled on Sept 12 in a building that was very close to the South Tower, the closing was delayed because part of the building was destroyed, records were lost and the city was at a standstill. The city that never sleeps was shut down, it was so strange and scary,

        September 11, 2015
  7. You are right Suzanne we will always remember where we were that day, I remember the whole day, but I can’t imagine being there when it happened. God Bless!!

    September 11, 2015
    • Thanks so much Amy. It was horrible being here and seeing the events unfold first hand.

      September 11, 2015
  8. Oh Suzanne – what a sweet memorial post! So well said and you are right – I won’t forget that morning or what I was doing!

    September 11, 2015
  9. Thank you for this post. I remember I was in Iceland at the time. My then boyfriend called me from his work to tell me to turn on the TV, then I called my mum back home to tell her. There was a 4 hour time difference between home and Iceland and she was getting my younger brother out the door to go to school. As far away as I was, it really felt like it was at my doorstep as it likely did for most of us. None of us will or can forget.

    September 11, 2015
    • It’s so true it was a feeling we as a global community all shared whether we were in NYC or Washington or Penslyvannia or on the other side of the globe. A true world tragedy. Thanks so much.

      September 11, 2015
  10. Yes – remember this terrible day, unbelievable – and it was the so sad reality

    September 11, 2015
  11. Thank you so so sad.

    September 11, 2015
  12. Great post! We will NEVER forget.

    September 11, 2015
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    September 11, 2015
  14. Thank you Suzanne for this post. I was in Germany with my husband driving on the Autobahn when the announcement was made on German radio that a plan had flown into one of the twin towers . Even in far away Germany everyone was stunned. My husband and I just cried . I can only imagine the horror, none of us will ever forget. Thank you again and a big hug.

    September 11, 2015
    • Gerlinde what happened here touched so many around the world. Thank you so much.

      September 11, 2015
  15. Yes, this is something we will never forget-such a tragedy!

    September 11, 2015
  16. As you know, I live far away but it touched my family in a deep way and I will never forget since it´s my daughter´s birthday. I will never forget that sad day.

    September 12, 2015
    • Oh wow your daughter was born that day. It was a profoundly sad day for all of us but thank goodness you have a beautiful daughter and that made a very tragic day beautiful. Thanks Viviana!

      September 12, 2015
  17. So true..we will never forget..Thank you for a beautiful post Suzanne.

    September 12, 2015
  18. Just like Sonal, I’m unable to click ‘like’ on this post. A devastating day in the history of the USA and the world. Thank you for writing this touching reminder Suzanne.

    September 13, 2015
    • I know there is nothing to like about it. It is a grim and heartbreaking reminder. Thanks Margot.

      September 16, 2015
  19. Thank you Suzanne. We talked about it in my 4th grade class and I was surprised how little they knew–of course, they weren’t born yet then. Wonderful post.

    September 13, 2015
    • Yes, I don’t know what is taught in school about this day and not sure how much little ones could possibly comprehend. Thank you.

      September 16, 2015
      • We had a good talk through the day and what it means to Americans– they had little snippets they had heard from their parents so it was good to share the big picture with them and give them context for the things they hear. That’s why I love kids– they have so many questions! anyway, thank you again for this meaningful post.

        September 16, 2015
      • Children are naturally curious and it’s hard for us to comphrehend the events of that day I can only imagine how they can understand why this happened.

        September 17, 2015
  20. we remember….

    September 14, 2015
  21. petra08 #

    A lovely memorial post from a horrible event that left lasting scars and scares across the globe. x

    September 16, 2015
  22. What a great tribute to those people that died, Suzanne. Even though I didn’t know anyone that died that day, it forever changed the way I thought about things. Living in New York it must have affected you in a profound way. My heart goes out to all that lost loved ones. I will never forget. Thank you for your post. I

    September 21, 2015
    • Thanks Shari yes living in NYC was difficult, coping with the devastation was horrible.

      September 21, 2015
  23. Thank you for posting this – I don’t believe I have ever seen the actual final count of lives lost. I will never forget the sickening feeling of watching it unfold, from the moment I turned the car radio on on my way to work. Worry about friends and family in NYC, wondering if I should just go back and pick the kids up from school, the horror of imagining what everyone there was involved in. We later found Mpls. was a failed target – which seemed very surreal.

    September 27, 2015
    • It’s staggering and keeps changing because they are still finding remains to this day. It was the scariest day I have ever experienced in my life. Thank you.

      October 1, 2015
  24. ❤ ❤ ❤

    October 1, 2015

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