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Sunday, September 11, 2016

15 years ago, I had 5 family members who would have been right at the Towers when the attacks occurred. My sister's husband had a leg injury so he took a cab that morning instead of the subway and the cab was stuck in traffic. He didn't get there. Their daughter was in school several blocks away. I don't remember why but they avoided the Towers that day. My brother missed his ferry to cross over from NJ. He was lined up for the next ferry when the first tower fell. My cousin and his wife, who both worked there, were on vacation that week. My family was protected from death and serious injury. Do you know where you were? I was in a Middle School, getting ready for the kids to arrive (2 hours difference). One of the teachers had a TV on. We were frozen! I couldn't reach any of my family for hours because the lines were all busy.

My heart goes out to all of those whose family, friends, loved ones were there in the midst, as well as all of the heroes who now suffer health consequences from being there. The death toll continues due to the health consequences of breathing the debris all those years ago, the PTSD for those who survived and feel guilty and so much more.

So today, let's than God for the freedom we have, for those who have gone before us to make our lives safer.
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  • no profile photo CD10795864
    I was in Toronto working in a building that had a clear view of planes coming in to land at the Toronto airport. I saw all the diverted flights.....
    1392 days ago
  • RASPBERRY56
    Scout's honor - I was *unemployed* for the first time after 26 steady working years (I seldom speak of this to people as who would believe *that coincidence*).......the entire day was so $#!@# surreal.........started my day sitting down with coffee, and a pre-job search view of the online papers ........and at that point when I saw the first pic, the day (and sadly, life for so many of us) went south unbelievably quickly.......
    1392 days ago
  • NUMD97
    Yes, I clearly remember where I was that day: I was home sick. And then I got a call from a friend who was in Texas checking if I were all right. I did not understand. She told me to turn on the television, so I did. A half a tower was standing then. By the time we got off the phone some 45 minutes later, the tower fell. Shell shock does not begin to describe the feeling. I went online to the online community that I belonged to at the time, to see what was happening in the rest of the country: Nurses in Boston were standing by awaiting the evacuation medical planes that would deal with the [believed] overflow of injured. Teachers in the midwest and Pennsylvania were planning on an early dismissal. That's when I called my sister in Boston to check with the school and see what the plan was to evacuate her two younger kids.

    My brother-in-law's uncle was the World Trade Center's engineer. He was in an elevator when the tower was hit. He helped guide people out of the building from the 82nd floor. He was also there in 1993 the first time it was hit, but that day decided to eat out, which he never did, and missed the event when the tower was hit then. After missing death twice, he decided it was high time to retire and he did.

    Sad remembrances. Very fortunate that serendipity smiled on your whole family.

    May we never be as unprepared as we were that day. But how depressing it has become, the way we live now with all the heightened security.

    Thanks for the post and for your reminiscences.
    1392 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/12/2016 9:31:53 AM
  • LIZZIE138
    I was at work as we watched the unbelievable horror that happened that day. I still pray for the survivors and the loved ones who lost their family and friends that day.

    We must never forget!
    1392 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    Thankful your family was safe that day and mourn for those who suffered death and injuries. We will never forget! emoticon
    1392 days ago
  • MSLZZY
    I was getting ready to go to work and watched the events unfold on TV.
    How terrifying for anyone there. So glad your family was safe.
    1392 days ago
  • EISSA7
    A day of incredible sadness and bravery. May we never forget those who perished as well as those who were left behind to mourn....
    1392 days ago
  • ANNARUTH2
    Yes we thank God for our blessings.
    1392 days ago
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