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Never forget

20 years ago. It seems implausible. What happened that day was almost implausible.

Everyone remembers where they were when they first heard about a Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel fly high into New York’s World Trade Center north tower at 8.45am on September 11th, 2001.

I was in the City of London walking back from lunch with a client just by the steps of the Lloyds Building when we heard the first few whispers. Those whispers became more frantic and we walked into a nearby office and watched the surreal tragedy unfold crowded around a television.

My client had a sister in New York and was desperate for news of her, while I thought about my colleagues that occupied 8 of the top floors in the south tower, an office I had visited regularly. 176 of my colleagues lost their lives, 2,606 altogether at the WTC site and 2,977 in total killed in the separate attacks in New York City, Washington DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 1,106 of those victims’ remains have never been found.

In 1996 I came pretty close to working in that south tower but someone upstairs was looking out for me because it didn’t happen, but still I had spent quite a bit time on the 105th floor before 9/11 watching out of the window at the helicopters and clouds gliding silently below.

Those of a certain age will never forget that day 20 year ago, and everyone in New York has their own story to tell, and I have heard hundreds. Many though can still not bring themselves to talk about it.

I was in New York this week, it is a resilient and inspirational city, and it was obvious to me that it is facing new challenges post pandemic. Yet New York is a city that doesn’t sleep and will once again not lie down.

Never forget ❤️

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. David Evans #

    I was just like you, CA, in an office in the City of London watching the horrors of the Twin Towers unfold on a television screen. I have never felt so shocked and totally numbed in all of my life. The memory is now instilled within me. My heart goes out to all those who have lost their loved ones and who are still trying to come to terms 20 years on – Why for God’s sake.

    September 11, 2021
  2. Mike #

    Same as you and David, watched from City of London Office at the time. The programme the other night on TV with all the various homemade videos included, brought it all back, the terribleness of it all.
    Lets pray and hope something like that is never repeated, as we currently live, in a still very volatile world, with extremists hiding in all various places willing to do damage anywhere they can, with no respect and remorse for Human life whatever, being it man, woman or child!

    September 11, 2021
  3. Bobby Green #

    I was dropping my off at the local shops, as I sat in the car I switched the radio on and the horror unfolded , at first I thought it was an Orson Wells War of the Worlds type story ,it was a while before I realised this was for real , RIP the people who lost there lives, one day I’m sure they will make a film of the tragic day in the future but I will not be able to watch it.

    September 11, 2021
    • Bobby green #

      Dropping my wife off at the shops

      September 11, 2021
  4. Clifford Baugh #

    I will never forget the date and the images that I witnessed live on TV in my classroom…..the immense sorrow,worry and emotions of the time still live with me today.
    My sincere thoughts go out to everyone who has been touched and affected since 9/11.
    Let us pray and hope we never have to witness another tragedy of this magnitude .

    September 11, 2021

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