On this day, Sept. 11, we remember the events of that 2001 morning when the world stood still, then changed forever.
On this day, we remember the images. We remember the death and destruction. We remember the sacrifice.
On this day, we recall that we came together, and we try desperately, in our own way, to come together again as a nation, if only for a few passing minutes. Some of us will attend memorials. Some of us will have our own private memorials.
On this date, many of us share stories, and many of us shed tears.
On this date, we stop and contemplate all that we lost on Sept. 11, 2001. We in northern New Jersey lost many friends, family members and first responders. We as citizens of the world lost a bit of our humanity, and then fought to gain it back.
Just as was the case with Pearl Harbor, the Japanese attack on U.S. naval forces on Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, the Sept. 11, 2001, attack put this nation on war footing. That war we are still fighting, a war we are still unsure of, and one that seemingly has no end.
What is sure is the resilience of spirit among ourselves and our neighbors. Since 9/11, we have had cause to look with greater respect, and more appreciation, on our first responders and the jobs they do daily, how they put on the uniform and offer their service.
It is estimated that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths, far more than can be seen in the photographs taken that morning. The jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. People jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood. It took just 10 seconds to fall but it wasn’t fast enough for the victims to lose consciousness before they hit the ground.
Heartbreaking last calls to 911 operators from people in the planes and towers.
BETTY ONG: Cool and calm American Airlines flight attendant, and her last 8 minutes aboard doomed Flight 11
MELISSA DOI: “Oh my God, it’s so hot, I’m burning up.”
KEVIN COSGROVE: “I can barely breathe. I can’t see. I’m not ready to die. Please hurry, I have young kids.”
Voice of the 911 hijacker Mohammed Atta from the cockpit:
The Muslim Joyful Response to 9/11:
Palestinians dancing in the streets and handing out sweets.
Islamic Cleric says, “America deserved it.”
4 Minute Tribute to 9-11: