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I just wanted to take a few minutes out of my day to write something about this date in history. I know first hand what that day was like as I saw the second trade center building come down while responding to my fire house. How the New York Skyline does not look right even after all these years without the towers. I just wanted to honor the dead by posting something about today to promote remembrance of this tragedy.

 

To me the biggest memory I have was the smell of burning plastic and dust that floated thru the air for months after the buildings collapsed. The smell of death that followed will always be with me. Hearing about all those fire fighters and police that lost their lives in the line of duty. To see the pictures of people that jumped out of the building as it was better than burning to death. Today will always be a somber day for me as I have never been the same since 9/11/01. All I ask is you remember and think about that day and to NEVER FORGET!!!!

 

 

This is not posted for a political debate. This was posted for everyone who has lost someone close to them because of the events of 9/11/01 started.

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FDNY- 343

NYPD- 23

NYPA- 84

WTC- 2600+

AmerFlt 111- 88

UnitedFlt 175- 59

UnitedFlt 93- 40

Pentagon- 125

2973 Total Dead

24 Still Missing

 

American Military Deaths in Iraq

Total In Combat

Since war began: 2666 2165

Since 5/1/2003: 2529 2066

Official Estimated

Total Wounded: 19945 20000-48100

 

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American Military Deaths in Iraq

Total In Combat

Since war began: 2666 2165

Since 5/1/2003: 2529 2066

Official Estimated

Total Wounded: 19945 20000-48100

 

 

And not to forget Iraqi Civillian deaths: 42,000 - 46,000.

 

A tragic day in history, and my condolences to everyone affected by it directly and indirectly.

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THANK YOU to all who served to help with September 11,

 

The fire department, police, armed forces, civilians,

 

So many gave their lives to help mankind and without a 2nd thought,

 

They are my heroes, and will hold a special place in my heart forever,

 

My condolences to all the people who lost their lives,

 

The innocent people trapped and those who went to save others,

 

And all the families/friends who were affected by the aftermath,

 

Bless them all!

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Whenever there is such a profound loss of life and you think of events such as this, the world seems like such a dark, terrible place. I am overcome by sorrow today, but my sadness must be nothing compared to what the family and friends who had loved ones that died, must be feeling.

 

 

BellaDonna

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This is the first year I've been able to watch any of the commemorative TV specials, even though I was thousands of miles from the horrifying carnage and destruction. I still feel the urge to close my eyes during clips showing the towers collapsing.

 

My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones, and to those who have to live with the memories of what they experienced that day in Manhattan.

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Over here it all happened later in the day due to time differences. I'd just turned up for a 2pm meeting and the guy wasn't there. I got back into my car and was really annoyed as I'd driven a round trip of over 60 miles for nothing.

 

As I was driving back home I switched on the radio and Mark and Lard's BBC Radio One show announced a plane had struck the towers. I remember thinking "uh? that's no accident...I've flown into JFK..you can't "accidentally" hit the towers"....I drove home and came straight in and switched on the TV - I didn't move for some time - I watched live on TV as the towers came down - it was like watching a Die Hard movie but it was actually happening. I spoke with my brother-in-law who works in London for one of the banking institutions and rumours were spreading that planes were on their way over here and everyone was panicking. He wasn't sure what was happening.

 

It was total disbelief. How fast the world changed - a real feeling that nothing would be the same again.

 

The most abiding memory that still haunts me is that of the people who leapt to their deaths....I couldn't get out of my mind "what was going on up there that made that preferable".

 

Horrendous.

 

My thoughts are with all those who lost loved ones.

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i will never forget where i was, how i was sitting, who was around me, and how i felt when i was watching the second plane hit the building. i was only 8th grade and now i'm a college student, and it was so scary. i remember my teacher telling me that we couldn't watch the news because the administration didn't want to scare the little kids, but my teacher did anyways because it was something that affected us, and that this could be the cause a war of our generation like the vietnam of our parents....

 

i cried all day, i couldn't help myself because i knew that so many people had to lose their lives, and i am proud of my country because so many people lost their lives to save the ones of they never knew. i pray for the familes who lost people close to them.

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I have watched alot of specials that aired this weekend. Some were about the building of the WTC, one was on some of those who were trapped in the elevators and were able to survive, and the made for tv movie of Flight 93. My heart broke all over again. It brought me right back to that day. It made me realize how sometimes my problems are so insignificant compared to those who were involved in that day.

 

I emailed Todd Bingham's mother Alice. He was on Flight 93 and was a strong man who played rugby, he was a son, and a hero. I told her how proud I was of her son. That he and the others saved so many lives with their own.

 

She wrote me back telling me that she is very very proud of her son and his accomplishments when he was alive and even now. The heroics that he and the others preformed had a trickle down affect.

 

We will never forget this day.

My thoughts, prayers, and heart go out to NYC, DC, Pennsylvannia, United and American Airlines.

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I had just started my air shift (I'm a radio dj on a music station) when the second tower collapsed. One of the reporters from the news station accross the hall came in to do an update on my station. Within the hour, all the music stations in the building had suspended their regular programming to air what was on the news station.

 

I was on the air and running the board for 7 hours straight that day. I put in another 7 hours off the air. I was the first one in the building to see the story about United Flight 93 crashing in PA clear the wire. Oddly enough, being on the air that day was probably the best place to be -- we were so busy keeping the radio stations running, figuring out how to get the news station on the other stations first in our building and then in the regional area, getting the latest info out to the listeners, and scrambling to create some sort of schedule for programming that there wasn't a lot of time or brain space to deal with what was actually happening.

 

Dealing with it -- the anguish, the anger, the tears, the confusion, the sense of helplessness -- that didn't come until the next day...after working the 14 hour shift and coming home to collapse physically, mentally & emotionally exhausted.

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i was 16 when the towers got hit. i still cant believe what i saw. i came home from school and i sat down and switched on the tv to witness the second plane hit the south tower.

 

i thought it was a trailer for a movie until i saw the word "live" in the top right hand corner. i froze because my mum was on a flight to canada that day. my sisters went mental phoning the airlines to find out what had happened to her plane and it landed on a canadian army base. we were glad she was safe but i felt devastated for the people who lost their lives and their families.

 

my thoughts are with everyone who lost a special someone on that horrible day.

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The people who died on that day are listed here:

 

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May they rest in peace.

 

Thanks for that link.

 

It's profound to see the names in writing, to see the diversity in ages from as young as age 2..... to age 80....to see where they were from, most from the U.S. but some from abroad.

 

They way they left this Earth must have been terrible. I cannot immagine the fear....

 

Very very sad.....

 

I hope that they are all in eternal peace now.

 

 

BellaDonna

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Imagine the feelings of those whose job it was to run into the buidling as other people were running out to safety.

 

My husband and I watched a special documentary dedicated to the stories of the firefighters last night, and it was very hard to watch. We went to bed afterwards squeezing each other- I've said this time and time again, I'd rather die myself than ever get the news that I lost my spouse. I can't begin to imagine with the spouses and familes of the firefighters and all those that died are going through.

 

BellaDonna

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My thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost their life on this day! May they rest in peace. To the families and friends, you have suffered a great loss and may you find peace to help you through this day!

 

Let us remember the price of freedom doesn't come cheap...A huge thank you to all our service men and women fighting for our rights and freedom...God bless you all!

 

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If tomorrow all the things were gone

I'd worked for all my life,

And I had to start again

with just my children and my wife,

I'd thank my lucky stars

to be living here today,

'Cause the flag still stands for freedom

and they can't take that away.

 

I'm proud to be an American

where at least I know I'm free,

And I won't forget the men who died

who gave that right to me,

And I gladly stand up next to you

and defend her still today,

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land

God Bless the U.S.A.

 

From the lakes of Minnesota

to the hills of Tennessee,

accross the plains of Texas

from sea to shining sea.

From Detroit down to Houston

and New York to L.A.,

There's pride in every American heart

and it's time we stand and say:

 

I'm proud to be an American

where at least I know I'm free,

And I won't forget the men who died

who gave that right to me,

And I gladly stand up next to you

and defend her still today,

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land

God Bless the U.S.A.

 

I'm proud to be an American

where at least I know I'm free,

And I won't forget the men who died

who gave that right to me,

And I gladly stand up next to you

and defend her still today,

'Cause there ain't no doubt I love this land

God Bless the U.S.A.

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