September 11th Attacks Facts and History
I’ve posted something every year...about 10 years now…on September 11th, and this year I wanted to post a few facts about that day, and some of the history. I think it’s reached that point where younger people don’t fully get the magnitude of what happened.
On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors.
Here’s the link to read more.
It really was a perfect, clear morning. Tony and I had just returned from a week in Provincetown and I remember how wonderful the weather was. And then the nightmare began. We live about an hour away from Manhattan, and I’ll never forget the fear.
World Trade Center The Falling Man and Those Who Jumped
If you were around on September 11, 2001, you know about The Falling Man. But there’s some back story a lot of people still don’t know about.
In the picture, he departs from this earth like an arrow. Although he has not chosen his fate, he appears to have, in his last instants of life, embraced it. If he were not falling, he might very well be flying. He appears relaxed, hurtling through the air. He appears comfortable in the grip of unimaginable motion. He does not appear intimidated by gravity’s divine suction or by what awaits him. His arms are by his side, only slightly outriggered. His left leg is bent at the knee, almost casually.
You can read more, here. The actual photo is there, too. But more people jumped to their deaths that morning, and there were a lot of comments that will go down in history.
It was the sight of the jumpers that prompted Rudy Giuliani to say to his police commissioner, “We’re in uncharted waters now.” It was the sight of the jumpers that prompted a woman to wail, “God! Save their souls! They’re jumping! Oh, please God! Save their souls!”
Almost all of them jumped alone, although eyewitnesses talked of a couple who held hands as they fell.
One woman, in a final act of modesty, appeared to be holding down her skirt. Others tried to make parachutes out of curtains or tablecloths, only to have them wrenched from their grip by the force of their descent.
The World Trade Center Now
There isn’t a time I can go into New York and pass by the world trade center without thinking about the attacks. They’ve rebuilt and created monuments, all of which are very nice, but there’s still that feeling about what happened. I took this one myself last time I was in Manhattan.
Though it’s been a long road back for Lower Manhattan, the past 17 years have seen a lot of progress. One World Trade Center, the centerpiece of the rebuilt complex, opened in 2014; since then, many other elements—including the 9/11 Memorial, a somber tribute to victims of the attack—have come to fruition. While the complex isn’t quite finished, and some parts are still up in the air, it’s getting closer and closer to completion.
Here’s the link. One thing is for certain: the world has changed a great deal in the last 17 years.
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