Sunday, September 11, 2005

September 11, 2001

I'm sure there isn't one of us who will ever forget where we were on one of the darkest days for our country. I was watching the news on a local New York channel and they were the only ones, at that point, who were carrying the report of the first plane crashing into the Trade Center. At first it appeared to be some sort of tragic accident, perhaps a pilot losing control of the plane, and it wasn't immediately obvious that it was a commercial airliner. Some eyewitnesses were identifying it as something more like a small private plane (which is why anybody who works in law enforcement will tell you that the majority of people are notoriously unreliable witnesses). But, at the moment the second plane slammed into that building, my first thought was about my brother, who worked near the Trade Center, although mercifully I didn't know it was just a block away, but the second was that it was Osama bin Laden's handiwork. Why? It was simple. He alone had both the motivation and the resources to carry out such an audacious attack. Why so many people who should have known better seemed to be so muddled (as if there were some long list of culprits who could have been behind such a devastating attack) I'll never know. Sadly, though, it seemed to foreshadow what was apparently a serious intelligence failure. But, today I want to remember the victims and their families, and I want to remember the Twin Towers the way they looked from my office window...and I want to remember how lucky we were that my brother was just far enough away.


At 4:31 AM, Anonymous seawitch said...


I am so glad that you and your brother both were just far enough away. I think all of us will always remember that day. I first heard on the news and it wasn't until I went into work that I learned it was a terrorist attack. I watched in horror as the buildings fell and started crying for all the people I knew were lost.

May the Lord continue to bless the USA.

At 5:36 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Right now, FNC is playing video footage from that day. I'm crying--as I do every time I see those images of the planes flying into the WTC.

Here, in part, is what I posted today at The Beak's site:

When I visited Ground Zero (I think it was 09/09/03, and people all around were praying at the fence's perimeter), a fellow from Germany was loudly telling his companion about how 9/11 was the fault of the United States. I told him off! What I said is unfit to type in here--but the German fellow shut the hell up by the time I got finished with him.

I WILL NEVER FORGET! I see those images from 9/11 over and over again, in my mind's eye. My life changed on 9/11.

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Rory, thank G-d your brother wasn't hurt. I remember seeing the first bit of news about it on AOL and it looked like a crop duster. I thought, stupid people, and just headed off to work. Listening to the radio I got actual info and was in shock. I remember hearing that a plane hit the Pentagon and I immediately called my boyfriend and said, "We're at war now." Surreal.

Seawitch, I think I'll be crying a lot today too.

AOW, you so rule for telling that German fellow what's what!!

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Rory said...


Thank you. Actually, it was only my brother who was working in the city. I used to work a couple of blocks from the Trade Center, but that was a few years before. But, I remember that we used to watch the towers swaying back and forth, which they were designed to do, if there was a strong wind. But it was still pretty unsettling and, ironically, we used to joke about whether they would fall right on our building if they toppled over. Who ever would have ever imagined?


Good for you for standing up to that guy. Just what you need at a time like that. A snarky German tourist.


It was definitely a nerve-wracking experience. Then, I also had somebody who was doing some work on my house and his brother was actually working in the first tower that was hit, so I really felt sorry for him. But it turned out his brother was okay, too. Then, what we didn't know at the time was that my boyfriend's nephew was working there that morning but, fortunately, he had gotten out in time.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger patrickafir said...

The way you describe it, Rory, it brings it all back for me. It's the day that all Americans knew what it is like to be an Israeli, and it's the day that we could no longer ignore the Middle Ages phenomenon of jihad. Sadly, far too many of us still ignore it.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Patrick, one of the first thoughts I had that day was that now we're going to feel what it's like to live in Israel. Fortunately, there hasn't been another attack since then, but I became aware of how many people, who had no connection to the conflict, began to take an interest in the Middle East and to become very supportive of Israel after 9/11.

At 8:18 PM, Anonymous Bozwell said...


I remember turning on the TV and watching this tragedy occur live. I could not believe what I was seeing, thinking it was some kind of trailer for a Hollywood movie. Tears well in my eyes as I think back on that horrible day.

The next morning I went to work and the city of Melbourne was in a state of shock, everyone walking around in a trance like state...I was working with a guy that day whose mother lived in the area and all day he was trying to get word from can imagine what it was like for him. Turns out his Mum was ok.

I lived in Northern New Jersey for a number of years and still cannot quite believe that the Towers are gone. The world changed forever on that day and so did I.

At 5:32 PM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

I was in Prague at the time and I was teaching when it happened, so I didn't know until later. After school I headed out to the internet cafe', and on the way there I saw American tourists crying in the Old Town Square.
I sort of dismissed it because I was tired. I walked into a cellphone store to ask about prices, they were all watching TV but I didn't pay attention.
When I got to the internet cafe' I finally looked up at the TV and there were the hit towers.
I immediately looked it up online and found out why the tourists were crying so desperately.

Right after that, it was Rosh Hashana and lots of Jews were stuck in Prague for the weekend because of flights being delayed. We could talk about nothing else.

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Batya said...

My students ran into the room after the break telling me, but of course I couldn't believe it.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger birdwoman said...

What disturbs me most is how some would really, really like us to all forget. To go back to living like it's 1999...



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