Today remarks the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers in NYC, the Pentagon, and the crash of a plane that was thought to be heading for the Capitol building in DC.
There is no official holiday for 9/11 as there are conflicting opinions as to whether or not more national holidays need to be created for tragedies. I appreciate that NYC, the Pentagon, and the National Park Center in Shanksville do their own, and C-SPAN covers at least two of the memorials.
My recollection of the day is that I did not have the TV or radio on at all while I was getting ready for work. I took a bus to work, so I had no clue that already one of the planes had crashed into one of the towers and while on the bus, a second plane aimed and plunged into the second tower.
When I got to work, there was confusion. But the internet was practically useless because so many people overloaded it trying to find out what happened in absence of a tv or radio at the work place. My spouse called to ask if I heard what happened in NY. By then, I had some news reports. But I didn’t see the entirety of the events of the day until I got home where I could watch the videotapes of the plane crashes. The horror and fear on people’s faces. The first responders, citizens who went into the towers even if they didn’t work there to save lives or find a friend. The smoldering of the fire from a pit 45 feet deep into a field near Shanksville. And a building outside of DC that was fortunate that only parts were damaged, less lives lost.
Here’s a pic I took of the 9/11 memorial area in NYC. I did not take a selfie as many tourists did. Personally, I think it’s a bit tacky to do so but if they were from somewhere other than the US, I guess it doesn’t necessarily have the same effect as it did on the Benny couple. It’s not a place that is fun; it was designed to remember those we lost. The reflecting pool with the thousands of names carved into walls speaks volumes in itself. It’s tastefully done. The 9/11 museum is nearby, as is the newer Freedom Tower.
9/11 is probably is iconic as the murder of JFK in some generations. Where were you and what do you remember?