What a lovely piece - i wish i could nominate... This is so spot on and sad, but fantastic. Reading this my emotions were all over the place.
Even though i am not in the USA, i can say here in australia we felt it too...
As soon as it happened all tvs were broadcasting it and its all that was on for days. I remember being in school early and the teachers had it on... I may have been younger, but i still remember the terror in theyre eyes as they watched on.. It was felt around the world..
B I remember exactly where I was 17 years ago too, I was in woodwork and the teachers ended up having the news on they never did previously so we could see it all unfold too, man it was felt all over the world. I went home in tears not even realising how badly it was until I got home...
Much love b xx
Brenda this is a heart wrenching reminder of an event that shook the World. I remember the terrible moment and feelings of seeing the events unfold her in the UK it is etched into my mind. I was in the office and everyone was huddled around computer screens watching it on CCTV horrified, many including myself in tears.
Its staggering to think that there are segments of humanity who persecute others for being different from themselves but I believe that it goes beyond this. I think that people who perpetrate this type of crimes are not just religious or bigoted zealots but are psychopaths and sadists who use use politics, differences and what ever excuse they need to as an excuse to legitimise random murder and torture of innocents simply because they enjoy the thrill and power of it.
I would definitely nominate this but for some reason the nomination button isn't working. I'm hoping that maybe this is a time difference thing between the UK and the US so will check later. Best wishes Milly x
I was too young when this happened. It's a shame for mankind that only by killing innocent people we can prove that one is superior than other.
Even After seventeen years, whenever the footage comes on news channels on that day, I can't comprehend it. Brenda full justice with the title.
When it happened I was also too young to understand. But as the years went by I realized the grave effect of this incident. It was really a night mare with all the lives lost. When 9/11 comes every year it does bring a little sadness in everybody's heart...may all the innocent souls rest in peace.
Thank you everyone for their wonderful comments. It really means the world to me. It also shows how much this affected everyone from around the world. All these senseless acts of violence that have occurred since then and before this, its tragic. Also very sad that we just can't be accepting to one another and get along.
Brenda, bringing this awful tragic event back is brave. To highlight an element that many of us would have not thought of is admirable. Those poor souls who stood there, contemplating whether to jump or burn to death is just a horrific thought. As I write this, I try to shake that image/feeling away.
I am glad you expanded onto the rebuild where nations pulled together to help in whatever way they could.
Michael, thank you so much. Even after all these years those images bring up so much emotion. I was worried about writing this, too soon? Too taboo? I was worried I couldn't come close to bringing justice to even commenting on this. I've done a lot of reading from different sources and first person accounts to hopefully capture the feelings and loss that occurred that day. Then I added my own feelings, the shock, sadness, even anger. So much loss...
You've written so many stories and so many emotions and so much heartbreak. It's almost hard to imagine how much this event would affect our future - especially in the way society judges or tries to criminalize certain kinds of people. The image of jumping and how you described it especially chilled me because it's ridiculous how personal that decision must have been, having to decide or just waiting, and how we were on the outside looking at this all from a screen.
Such a very sad reminder of how cruel this world was and still is. I remember this well, as I was listening to the radio, and thought at first it was some weird prank. But no it was not.
You written this piece with a deep story value, and I respect your passion.
Much hugs and love Michael xx
I didn't find out about the events of that day until fairly late on. I had been busy working in and in relation to my duties as a truck driver.
Final job done I jumped into my truck and headed towards home. I turned on the radio and tuned to my favorite program at that time (mark and lard). This is normally a total giggle of a show but on turning on the radio the first words I heard were.
"Everything fails to insignificance".
I was like "what the f×€k is going on"
Excuse my french.
I quickly made calls and got to know what happened. Later that night I seen the footage. There are no words to describe that kind of horror.
I had only been out the army for a year at this point and still an active reservist. I secretly waited and hoped for the call up to come but it never came. Perhaps I could have volunteered but that wouldn't have been fair on my family.
Then again when something like that happens, there is no such thing as fair.
Indeed a day never to be forgotten and yes I was there too
sitting by the tv as it all unfolded and holding onto my child...
You have penned this and its like watching everything unfold
right in front of my eyes....take care and congrats on the win!
Congrats on you win! Definitely a deserving tribute. I think every person remembers where they were that day, I was in 5th grade social studies class. It was a traumatizing day for everyone but I couldn't even imagine how it was for those involved, who was in the Towers and the responders. You captured great imagery and detail, lovely piece.