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airship
11th Sep 2013, 14:58
On this 12th anniversary.

I can only speak for myself. Amongst you perhaps, were several Nobel prize winners, a future Kofi Annan at the UN, my future wife.

In the great scheme of life as we know it, the World has mostly moved on. But you're not forgotten.

PS. Is there truly a "Rainbow Bridge"...

rgbrock1
11th Sep 2013, 15:11
In Memoriam:

http://www.avradio.org/face%20of%20prayer.jpg

con-pilot
11th Sep 2013, 15:23
Thank you very much for those thoughts Airship.

Lonewolf_50
11th Sep 2013, 15:25
airship, thank you for thinking of those we all lost ...

2,977 WTC fatalities included the following:

246 aboard the four hijacked planes.
this includes 76 passengers and 11 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Airlines_Flight_11); (and the 19 hijackers in all four flights ...)
49 passengers and 11 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 175 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_175);53 passengers and 6 crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 77 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Airlines_Flight_77);
33 passengers and 7 crew members aboard United Airlines Flight 93 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Airlines_Flight_93).

2,606 in New York City in the towers and on the ground:

Countries who lost folks, other than Americans (It truly was the world trade center ...):
Argentina (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argentina) 4 Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia)11 Bangladesh (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangladesh) 6 Belarus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belarus) 1 Belgium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium) 1 Bermuda (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermuda) 2 Brazil (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazil) 3 Canada (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada) 24 Chile (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile) 1 China (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China) 2 Colombia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colombia) 18 D.R. Congo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_the_Congo) 2 Dominican Republic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic) 47 Ecuador (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecuador) 13 El Salvador (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Salvador) 2 Ethiopia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethiopia) 3 F.R. Yugoslavia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbia_and_Montenegro) 2 France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France) 4 Germany (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany) 11 Ghana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghana) 2 Guyana (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyana) 3 Haiti (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti) 2 Hong Kong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong) 2 Honduras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honduras) 1 India (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India) 41 Indonesia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indonesia) 1 Ireland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Ireland) 6 Israel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel) 5 Italy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy) 10 Ivory Coast (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivory_Coast) 1 Jamaica (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamaica) 16 Japan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan) 24 Jordan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan) 2 Lebanon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lebanon) 4 Lithuania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithuania) 1 Malaysia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia) 3 Mexico (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico) 15 Moldova (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova) 1 Netherlands (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands) 1 New Zealand (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand) 2 Nigeria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigeria) 1 Pakistan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan) 8 Paraguay (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraguay) 2 Peru (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peru) 5 Philippines (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippines) 16 Poland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poland) 6 Portugal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portugal) 5 Romania (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romania) 4 Russia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russia) 1 South Africa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa) 2 South Korea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korea) 28 Spain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spain) 1 Sweden (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden) 2 Switzerland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switzerland) 2 Taiwan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan)1 Trinidad and Tobago (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinidad_and_Tobago)14 Ukraine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine) 1 United Kingdom (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom) 67 Uzbekistan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzbekistan) 1 Venezuela (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venezuela) 1

Of the 125 victims in the Pentagon, 70 were civilians, 55 were military personnel

Note:
Two personal friends of mine were about 50 feet away from being dead at the time of impact. Lucky to be out of their office, and briefing a superior, when it all went mad.
The man who offciated at the wedding of my wife's niece, four years ago, was a senior Air Force Chaplain. He was on the other side of the building when the plane hit. He was there helping out and helping people that day. He didn't leave until he dropped from exhaustion and was taken home by a friend at about 2 in the morinng of Sept 12. We talked about it a little. He really doesn't care to talk about it, but left me with this thought:
"When we are confronted by evil, our two best responses are to serve our fellow man, and to pray. We can do little else, but most of us can do a great deal more than we think we are capable of."

I think he's right.

pigboat
11th Sep 2013, 15:40
http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/Siddley-Hawker/remember911_zps42cb91d6.jpg

er340790
11th Sep 2013, 15:55
I was in NYC last month for the first time since 9-11. I have to say that (after a decade of wrangling) I was surprised at just how fast the construction phase of the new tower has been.

The rise of One World Trade Center - The Week (http://theweek.com/article/index/249383/the-rise-of-one-world-trade-center)

With all the news repeats this week, like many, I still have a sense of disbelief of what happened that day. The one thing that always amazes me though is how long the buildings remained standing after those massive impacts... the forces must have been well beyond any design parameters.

rgbrock1
11th Sep 2013, 16:03
LW50 wrote:

Note:
Two personal friends of mine were about 50 feet away from being dead at the time of impact. Lucky to be out of their office, and briefing a superior, when it all went mad.

My cousin died in the South Tower that day. I miss him.

Two years ago, when I was attempting to sprint away from employment with the State of Connecticut I interviewed with Cantor Fitzgerald* in Manhattan for employment within their I.T. department.

After the interview was over I asked the guy interviewing me, in a very off-hand but personal manner, if he was with Cantor on 9/11. His response was:

"None of us you see here were there that day. We're all relatively new. I guess you know why. But you see that woman over by the 4th cubicle on the left-hand side? She was with Cantor on 9/11. She's the only one in I.T. left from that day because she was late that day coming in as she had to bring her daughter to the dentist. Otherwise, she'd probably be dead too."

When I got outside after the interview and met with my wife who was waiting for me, the first thing I did was I wept.

* in case the reader is not familiar with Cantor Fitzgerald, they are an investment bank who used to have a large number of employees in the World Trade Center's North Tower. Cantor was on the 101st - 105th floors of that tower. On 9/11 Cantor lost 658 employees or about 80% of their work force in the North Tower. All but 2 of their I.T. employees perished that day. One, aforementioned, still works for Cantor in their new office building Uptown and the other committed suicide on the first anniversary of 9/11.

racedo
11th Sep 2013, 16:20
Visited NYC in Nov 2001, week or so after AA Long Island crash..........so many said don't go but not a chance in hell of not doing it.

Mass in St Patricks Cathedral, followed by a visit to church where Fr Mychal Judge was the priest and also visited the Firestation beside it.
http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://4.bp.********.com/_z2r9rpQCP4E/SChI8ksf6wI/AAAAAAAAAGE/tDE9vlkWh8Y/S1600-R/judge-16.jpg&imgrefurl=http://saintmychaljudge.********.com/&h=443&w=665&sz=66&tbnid=M33UfSsuVE6ZYM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=135&zoom=1&usg=__yolMSpd7q_9_4g2ykPn_n9q-Tak=&docid=YkjHTCvQ_ttxDM&sa=X&ei=-IcwUojMCcPMhAf6zYHQDw&sqi=2&ved=0CDkQ9QEwAQ&dur=580

Do remember a friend (at the time) in a pub saying US deserved it, after thinking for 10 seconds I just got up grabbed my coat and walked, funny think was 2 others did same thing and left him sitting there,nobody said anything to him, then or I believe since. 10 seconds was really about do I hit him or walk..........walking so much better as everyone knows about it.

DX Wombat
11th Sep 2013, 16:26
A very thoughtful and sensitive post Airship which says all that is necessary.

mixture
11th Sep 2013, 16:54
All but 2 of their I.T. employees perished that day.

Typical Finance IT guys. Might as well be dead when they're at work since everyone ignores them or hurls abuse at them. But when they're gone, everyone soon misses them !

(The above was meant in good faith, please don't go trying to read anything negative into it !)

fenland787
11th Sep 2013, 16:58
Thanks Airship, well said.
It doesn't seem like 12 years since that awful day, We were a small company back then but with close ties to our customers the USA, as we heard the news we all moved to my home nearby and watched the tragic events unfold on TV. A day none of us will forget. Also like others here, I was on the earliest flight I could get to visit with our customers, dammed if we will let the B****s win.

Remembering the victims today and always.

The SSK
11th Sep 2013, 17:18
Today is also the 46th anniversary of the day I joined the airline industry. For 34 years it was the best possible workplace. On that day it lost its soul, along with those other 2977 souls.

VP959
11th Sep 2013, 17:19
No, it doesn't seem like 12 years at all.

My memory of that day is a spooky one. I was away on detached duty and due to drive home mid-afternoon (UK time). I was killing time in the office after lunch and remembered that I hadn't had a chat with a USN friend, who was at that time based in the Pentagon, for long time and wondered how he was. Abusing the military phone network I tried to call him, but couldn't get through, which was a bit odd.

I thought nothing much of it until I got in the car to drive home a few minutes later. As soon as I started off the news of the attacks was unfolding on the radio. It was only later that evening after I'd got home that I realised that I'd had the feeling to phone Bob in the Pentagon at almost the exact time of the attack.

Thankfully I found out he was OK a few days later.

Lon More
11th Sep 2013, 17:23
More sensitively handled here than on many so-calle news channels.

Well done guys :ok:

G-CPTN
11th Sep 2013, 19:04
BBC News - Timelapse of One World Trade Center's construction (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24055725)

onyxcrowle
11th Sep 2013, 22:34
LW50 wrote:

Note:
Two personal friends of mine were about 50 feet away from being dead at the time of impact. Lucky to be out of their office, and briefing a superior, when it all went mad.

My cousin died in the South Tower that day. I miss him.

Two years ago, when I was attempting to sprint away from employment with the State of Connecticut I interviewed with Cantor Fitzgerald* in Manhattan for employment within their I.T. department.

After the interview was over I asked the guy interviewing me, in a very off-hand but personal manner, if he was with Cantor on 9/11. His response was:

"None of us you see here were there that day. We're all relatively new. I guess you know why. But you see that woman over by the 4th cubicle on the left-hand side? She was with Cantor on 9/11. She's the only one in I.T. left from that day because she was late that day coming in as she had to bring her daughter to the dentist. Otherwise, she'd probably be dead too."

When I got outside after the interview and met with my wife who was waiting for me, the first thing I did was I wept.

* in case the reader is not familiar with Cantor Fitzgerald, they are an investment bank who used to have a large number of employees in the World Trade Center's North Tower. Cantor was on the 101st - 105th floors of that tower. On 9/11 Cantor lost 658 employees or about 80% of their work force in the North Tower. All but 2 of their I.T. employees perished that day. One, aforementioned, still works for Cantor in their new office building Uptown and the other committed suicide on the first anniversary of 9/11.


Speaking first as a Citizen of the UK I pass my deepest heartfelt condolences to the familes , friends and the thousands of brave men and women who gave their lives to save others.
To the people -ordinary folk who restored our faith in human kindest by being there and doing all they could to help those around them in whatever way they could large or small.
I remember where I was and what I was doing almost to the time.
And like in the Terrible acts in Dunblane years earlier I found myself weeping at what I was seeing. But weeping for what was inevitably going to follow.
Here we sit today in judgement against Bush and Blair and Right and Wrong. But these two guys had conviction and strenght rightly or wrongly to be strong to make a choice and to go with it.
Those on a personal level must have been their lonliest moments in life.
While I dont want this to turn into any war debate blair warned us only months ago that sooner or later we would have to deal with syria and Iran. Sadly that seems to be coming to pass.
I just hope that we dont ever find ourselves wrighting such memorials again for some other avoidable tragedy.
RIP to all who died.
The wirld changed on the election of bush.
9 months later 911 changed our world forever.

As for the IT lady if I could pass on my goodwill and admiration for her dedication and loyalty to the job.
I work in IT and am shocked as to how it has turned toward a devil may care and disloyalty to enployers alike.
In my humble opinion she deserves a commendation for having the true grit and strength to stay and keep fighting to bring good service to her end users.
An ethos I embrace. While out of work at the moment her story has while sad given me a new determination to get up and fight to find mysrlf a pkace to work and be loyal and do all I can to give my very best fir the people I work for and support.
I dont know if you have any contact but pls pass on my goodwishes to her

Tankertrashnav
11th Sep 2013, 23:33
I was in my shop when a woman from next door rushed in and said that on the radio she heard that an aircraft had crashed into one of the twin towers which were the tallest in the world (as the initial report here had it). I immediately thought a light aircraft had crashed into one of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and wondered whether anyone other than the occupants would have been killed, and thought it possible they would be the only fatalities.

How quickly we learned the awful truth.

RIP all of you

rgbrock1
12th Sep 2013, 14:16
Tanker:

I thought similar. I was sitting at my desk camped in front of my PC going about my normal work day when my manager entered my cubicle and asked me if I heard that a plane had hit the WTC.
I told him I did not and further stated that I'm sure the little "prop job" bounced off the tower with nary a dent in it.

Whereupon he said to me "You don't understand. Come down to the cafeteria and watch it on the news. Whatever hit the tower was anything but a prop job."

It was in the cafeteria where I saw the first tower in flames and then witnessed the 2nd aircraft hitting the other tower. And not because of anything to do with hindsight i thought to myself: Al Qaeda. And then I thought of my cousin Anthony in the south tower. And I called his cell phone to see if he was okay.. .and phoned... and phoned.. and phoned....
:{:{:{

airship
12th Sep 2013, 16:17
er340790 wrote: The one thing that always amazes me though is how long the buildings remained standing after those massive impacts...

I would like to believe that there were also perhaps, some important "external forces" involved. Allowing several hundreds more to escape and eventually rejoin their families. Such "external forces" may not be the exclusive domain of Gods etc., but simply good and even "over-engineering" by simple human-beings. But then again...I write from a position where the reasons for my own continued existence beyond during several crucial moments of my past life (those responsable), have never come forth, and go un-named...

12 years afterwards, I'm sure that many will still be hurting from their losses. The rest of the World has moved on since, but many of us remember and continue to do so until our own time comes.