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Author Topic: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today  (Read 271 times)

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9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« on: September 11, 2019, 05:51:14 am »
So. I felt like I should start a threat for this. I dunno if there is already one, I looked and didn't see one.

I am sure everyone here is familiar with what happened 18 years ago today, on September 11th, 2001; that was the day when Al Qaeda perpetuated a terror attack that cost the lives of nearly 3,000 people (2,996 to be exact).

It was a day that marked a major change in global, and American, culture. Everything changed on 9/11, to the point that "post 9/11 world" is now a commonplace term in political discussions.

However, amidst all the political and social ramifications of the attack, it is increasingly easy, as time goes on, to overlook the actual people who died that day.

So I started a threat here so that we, at the Cauldron, could honor their memory.

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Re: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 03:24:19 pm »
So. I felt like I should start a threat for this. I dunno if there is already one, I looked and didn't see one.

I am sure everyone here is familiar with what happened 18 years ago today, on September 11th, 2001; that was the day when Al Qaeda perpetuated a terror attack that cost the lives of nearly 3,000 people (2,996 to be exact).

It was a day that marked a major change in global, and American, culture. Everything changed on 9/11, to the point that "post 9/11 world" is now a commonplace term in political discussions.

However, amidst all the political and social ramifications of the attack, it is increasingly easy, as time goes on, to overlook the actual people who died that day.

So I started a threat here so that we, at the Cauldron, could honor their memory.

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Yes, thanks for starting this thread. I have been doing some prayers for lost family members and ancestors lately. I will include those lost 18 years ago.

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Re: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 06:01:57 pm »
However, amidst all the political and social ramifications of the attack, it is increasingly easy, as time goes on, to overlook the actual people who died that day.

I find that the pundits and news media seem to gloss over the people lost any more when talking about 9/11 in order to talk about the political and other fallout. The "normal people", especially those who remember the event,  I hear talking about it usually  don't, instead they focus more on the people lost. Those of us who remember that horrible day, never forget the people lost that day and those first responders lost years later to the effects what they did on that day.

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Re: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 06:30:48 pm »
Those of us who remember that horrible day, never forget the people lost that day and those first responders lost years later to the effects what they did on that day.

I saw a thread on Twitter today about a special class of first responders that I wanted to share here. The goodest boys and girls--the SAR dogs deployed to Ground Zero and the Pentagon:


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Re: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 09:17:26 pm »
However, amidst all the political and social ramifications of the attack, it is increasingly easy, as time goes on, to overlook the actual people who died that day.

So I started a threat here so that we, at the Cauldron, could honor their memory.

Lost, but never forgotten.

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Re: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2019, 08:01:37 am »
So I started a thread here so that we, at the Cauldron, could honor their memory.

I want to focus on what came immediately after. This will be long.

New York, in the days that followed that Tuesday, was like an occupied town. Military transports and troops were on our streets, fighter jets flew over regularly, and if I remember correctly, they weren’t letting traffic in or out of Manhattan; anyway, it felt that way. The city below 14th Street—a huge swath, and what most would call downtown—was closed off, businesses not allowed to open. Most offices in the city, including mine, were shuttered. To step outside was to smell an acrid odor, especially when the wind shifted from the south. Yet still, incongruously, spectacular September weather persisted, just as it had on that day.

We were all cooped up in our small apartments, glued to the local all-news channel, NY1. Then on Wednesday, a NY1 reporter announced that there was a triage center opening at Chelsea Piers—the same “latitude” as my apartment back then, but on the opposite, far west side of the island from my place on the extreme east side. “They need ice, clothes, toiletries…”  The reporter’s list galvanized me: Finally! Something to do! So I dashed to the corner supermarket and bought out all their ice, adding it to the box I’d filled with extra T-shirts, and waited for the crosstown bus (they were running again, finally) to take me to the west side.

As I waited, another guy came to the bus stop, box of stuff in his arms. “You heard the NY1 report too, eh?” I said, and we nodded to each other as we boarded the bus.

As the bus made its way west, more and more people got on, all carrying boxes of stuff. By the time the bus neared Chelsea Piers, the bus was full, and out its windows I could see a human river of people of every kind, carrying boxes and pulling wagons and pushing carts, all loaded with supplies, flowing west. I have never held my city dearer to my heart than in that moment. It remains the most inspiring thing I’ve ever seen.

When I got back home, the NY1 reporter was back on the TV: “No more! STOP! The triage center has more than they know what to do with!”

For a brief time, and maybe the only time, we New Yorkers were gentle with each other. There was no bloodlust for revenge, not that I heard, not from anyone who lives here; just grief and a longing to heal our city. A longing for the city we’d known before that day. And most of all, a longing for the lost people.

I say “people,” not Americans, because in this cosmopolitan city, the dead were from every corner of the globe. It was particularly tough in my neighborhood, mere blocks from an old armory building that was turned into the center to search for missing loved ones. That proximity meant the area was flooded with “Missing” posters, hastily made xeroxes plastered on walls and lampposts. Faces stared back at you, invariably smiling from a photo taken at a birthday party or some other happy occasion. A titan of finance, a cook at Windows on the World restaurant, a twentysomething secretary just starting their career…and also invariably, the words in the description: “Worked on the 110th floor”…”Office on the 115th floor”…and you just knew that, against all the hope lovingly poured into that xerox, they were gone. Those smiling faces haunted the city for months.

At that time, Rob Deraney and I had just started dating, and while he was a great guy, I had already pretty much decided there wasn’t a spark. Still, I figured I’d give it a chance, and we were supposed to have a date sometime soon, when 9/11 happened. I knew he worked in the finance sector, but I also knew that his office was nowhere near the World Trade Center. I was secure in the knowledge that none of the smiling faces were known to me personally.

But I would soon learn that, of all the awful, stupid luck, Rob had attended a breakfast meeting on the morning of September 11th, on the highest floors of the towers. And then he was gone.



My office re-opened on Friday. The string of perfect-weather days was over. I went out for lunch in the overcast gloom, ran into a perfect stranger, and we had a grilled cheese sandwich together at a local diner.

Finally, on that Friday, it rained.

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Re: 9/11/2001, 18 years ago today
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2019, 06:52:49 pm »
I want to focus on what came immediately after. This will be long.


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