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Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11

Today 9/11/11 is a day of remembrance of that beautiful turned ugly Tuesday. It seems at times like it was only yesterday and other times that it was a lifetime ago.

At that time I couldn't get enough of the news reports that replayed the attack over and over again. I had thought/hoped that time would change that. Still, today I sit in front of the TV watching a replay of the attacks, collapse and escape of the survivors covered in the toxic dust from the buildings and victims.

I was working downtown at the time and when I returned to work at AIG a week later, Hank Greenberg had arranged for an interfaith prayer service for the two employees who were killed. There was a Rabbi who spoke and he said something that has remained with me. I don't remember his exact words, but the idea was that 3000 people didn't die, one person died 3,000 times. That made an impact.

Yesterday, Governor Christie in New Jersey said something that brought the number of those who died into perspective. He said that if we had a moment of silence for each of those who died starting at noon on Saturday, we would be sitting in silence until midday on Monday.

There were so many lives lost, we must never forget what happened. And we will surviv.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your comments. I really cannot understand the controvesy over this, why are people trying to blame someone besides OBL.

I am very glad you are back to writting.

ANGELFITZ@AOL.COM said...

What a terrible day that was. I will never forget it. I didn't lose a family member. but so many friends, like you, worked in that area and watched the devastation first hand. My friend had to run through the white ash to the water. I knew many firemen, most of them so young, from my neighborhood in Queens. I watched them grow from little boys to young men. What a tragedy. I pray for them, their families and the USA. God bless us all.
Angelfitz / SSS