Today marks 17 years since the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. We lost 2,977 lives between New York City, Washington DC, and Shanksville, PA on 9/11.
The course of American history was forever altered in just 102 minutes as the towers fell. Each year, we reflect on the lives lost and recount #WhereWeWere that day. The unique thing about 9/11 is that everyone has a story from that day, whether it directly affected them or they watched it unfold on television. It was one of the few moments in American history where time stood still, and we united together as a nation.
#wherewereyou working @USAA when I heard my coworkers taking calls from our members at the pentagon and at the towers. “Call my wife, you have all our numbers. Tell her I lover her and the kids. I’m not sure I’m making it home.” 💔 We did it for them. #USAA
— *TxGirlieGirl* || #NeverAgain (@txgirliegirl08) September 11, 2018
I was 8 yrs old, living in Philly and was in school… It was close to the end of the day but school just abruptly let out, teacher didn’t tell us why. I came out to meet my mom anong the crowd and the first thing I heard was “I hope they don’t bomb us next!” #wherewereyou
— Lorenzo (@No9Cents) September 11, 2018
I was sitting in my junior year English class when a teacher came in and told my teacher to turn on the TV. We sat in signed silence as we watched as the second plane hit the twin towers. #wherewereyou
— Tiffany Ott (@TechieTeachOtt) September 11, 2018
I was running in Central Park. I looked up to see one of the planes flying low and fast – not knowing it would slam into the World Trade Center a minute later.
Was down at Ground Zero hours later. There was no talk, only tears.#September11 #911Day pic.twitter.com/AdAtLR94cu
— (((Joel Leyden))) (@joelleyden) September 11, 2018
— Travis J Thorvilson (@thorvilson) September 11, 2018
I was a few blocks away. I thought a truck hit had hit the loading dock as the whole building shook. Went outside and saw people jumping. Watched both towers fall, and spent 8-10 hours walking to get home.
Took four showers to get clean that night.#wherewereyou
— Eaches – Nerd / Wizard. (No relation to Frobozz) (@Eaches) September 11, 2018
I was 6, in 1st grade. When it happened, my principal made an announcement so the teachers knew to close the shades so we wouldn’t see any smoke, even in Long Island. Kids left early, and I still remember watching the news and seeing the WTC falling on a loop #WhereWereYou
— lex get spooky 🎃 (@lexikakis) September 11, 2018
Here’s how President Trump paid tribute to September 11 via Twitter.
He at least spent the first portion of the day visiting Shanksville, PA to honor the lives of the victims who bravely defended themselves against the terrorists onboard.
17 years since September 11th!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018
The exclamation point is insensitive, but this wouldn’t be the first insincere remark Trump has made regarding 9/11. A few hours after the towers fell, he was quick to reclaim having the tallest building in all of Manhattan.
Flashback: Thousands of people died on 9/11 but Trump’s initial reaction was happiness his building was the tallest again
— jordan (@JordanUhl) September 11, 2018
However you choose to reflect on this day, do it with kindness, compassion and respect.
Living in New York, is a beautiful reminder of the resilience that exists in the midst of unfathomable tragedy. When the narrative often focuses on the terrorism, we forget about the great acts of kindness those trying to escape the towers boldly exhibited. People came together, opened their hearts and homes to those who weren’t able to immediately reconnect with their families. Even in tragedy, human kindness can heal us.
On this day, we remember the firefighters, civilians, passengers, police officers and children who lost their lives 17 years ago.
Newly restored footage shortly after the collapse of the South Tower of the World Trade Centre on 9/11.
Posted by New York City Fire Department Memorial on Sunday, September 2, 2018
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