We remember Sept. 11, with horror, pain and selflessness

Twenty years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, the day dawned bright and clear in New York, as it did in Cincinnati.

At 8:46 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, everything changed.

October 11, 2001: Deana O'Connell-Thomas of Milford and her husband, Navy veteran Dallas Thomas, look down at their candles during a candlelight vigil held at Victor Stier Memorial Park in Milford in memory of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Everyone in the country that day, from that moment on, was an eyewitness to horror, and a partner in the disbelief and realization – no, abject fear – that this was not going to be over in a day.

If ever.

We asked readers to tell us about their starkest memories of the day to help us remember, with both great sorrow and great pride, how we responded.

These are some of their stories.

On the ground

Diane Hunter’s husband called her from his Water Street office in Manhattan. He told her he had seen the second plane hit the South Tower. He then told his staff to evacuate immediately. She was safe on Long Island.

The day unfolded for her, as for all of us, minute by minute, horror upon horror, an endless dive into a place most of us had never been. Afraid for ourselves. Afraid for our country. Afraid of what it all meant.

September 16, 2001: Firefighters Scott Baum, left, with the Hamilton Fire Department, and Jeff Capano, with West Chester, hang a flag between two of the departments' ladder trucks as they cross the ladders in front of the Fallen Firefighters Monument on Monument Street in Hamilton before a fire and police prayer service for the firefighters and officers who gave their lives after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The now-Union, Kentucky, woman watched it all from across the East River. Three people she knew died that day. Two were firefighters.

Her mourning for them continues to this day.

Linda Cajka reported to work as usual at the Pentagon that morning. The chief exhibit specialist for the Army Museum System had the responsibility for caring for and storing all of the Army's artifacts and paintings in the building where she worked.

Source link

Show More

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button