Remembering 9/11

posted at 5:30 pm on September 11, 2011 by Andy Levy

The following was taken from Allahpundit’s twitter stream, over roughly a two-hour period on the night of 9/10/09. This may be the first time – no, it is the first time – that I’ve ever seen anything on twitter that reads like poetry. For this reason, I’ve preserved the form as best as possible.

Eight years ago, I remember opening my eyes at 8:46 a.m. in my downtown Manhattan apartment because…

…I thought a truck had crashed in the street outside

I remember pacing my apartment for the next 15 minutes thinking, stupidly, that a gas line might have been hit in the North Tower…

…and then I heard another explosion. I hope no one ever hears anything like it.

All I can say to describe it is: Imagine the sound of thousands of Americans screaming on a city street

It was unbelievable, almost literally

I remember being on the sidewalk and there was an FBI agent saying he was cordoning off the street…

…and then, the next day, when I went back for my cats, they told me I might see bodies lying in front of my apartment building (I didn’t)

We held a memorial service in October for my cousin’s husband, who was “missing” but not really…

He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. They found a piece of his ribcage in the rubble not too long afterwards.

This is the guy who conspired to murder him: http://is.gd/38h7y

Had a friend from the high school speech and debate team who disappeared from the 105th floor

Had another friend of a friend who worked on the 80th floor or so, married six weeks before the attack…

Speculation is that he was right in the plane’s path, and was killed instantly when it plowed through the building

Did a bit of legal work for a couple whose son worked in the upper floors. Was dating someone else up there at the time…

I was told that she managed to call her parents while they were trapped up there and that the call “was not good”

Never found out if it was cut off by the building collapsing or not

I remember opening my eyes at 8:46 a.m. thinking “I hope that was just a pothole.” Then I heard a guy outside my window say, “Oh shit”

Opened the window, looked to my left, saw huge smoke coming out of the WTC

Left at around 9:30, decided to walk uptown thinking that the buildings would never collapse and that…

…I’d be back in my apartment by the next night. I never went back. It was closed off until December.

I remember thinking when I was a few blocks away that the towers might collapse, and so I walked faster…

…although I sneered at myself later for thinking that might be true and for being a coward. Although not for long.

To this day, you can find photos of thousands of people congregated in the blocks surrounding the Towers, seemingly…

…waiting for them to fall that day

When I got to midtown, rumors were that Camp David and the Sears Tower had also been destroyed. I remember looking around…

…and thinking that we had to get out of Manhattan, as this might be some pretext to get us into the street and hit us with some germ

I callled my dad — and somehow miraculously got through — and told him I was alive, then headed for the 59th street bridge

To this day, the scariest memory is being on that bridge, looking at the Towers smoking in the distance,

and thinking maybe the plotters had wired the bridge too to explode beneath us while we were crossing it.

I remember talking to some guy on the bridge that we’d get revenge, but…

…you had to see the smoke coming from the Towers in the distance. It was like a volcano

I remember being down there two months later. There was a single piece of structure…

…maybe five stories tall of the lattice-work still standing. It looked like a limb of a corpse sticking up out of the ground.

They knocked it down soon after

At my office, which I had just joined, I was told that…

…some people had seen the jumpers diving out the windows to escape the flames that morning

There was a video online, posted maybe two years ago, shot from the hotel across the street,,,

…and it showed roughly 10-12 bodies flattened into panackes lying in the central plaza

Maybe it’s still online somewhere

You have to see it to understand, though. You get a sense of it from the Naudet brothers documentary hearing…

…the explosions as the bodies land in the plaza, but seeing it and hearing it are two different things

I remember after I got over the bridge into Queens, I heard a noise overheard…

…that I’d never heard before. It was an F-15, on patrol over New York. Very odd sound. A high-pitched wheeze.

I remember on Sept. 12, when I got on the train to go downtown and try to get my cats out of the apartment…

…the Village was utterly deserted. No one on the streets. Like “28 Days Later” if you’ve seen that

We made it to a checkpoint and the cop said go no further, until my mom intervened. Then he took pity…

…and agreed to let me downtown IF I agreed that any exposure to bodies lying in the streets was my own fault.

Didn’t see any bodies, but I did see soldiers, ATF, FBI, and so on. The ground was totally covered by white clay…

…which I knew was formed by WTC dust plus water from the FDNY. It look like a moonscape.

There was a firefighter at the intersection and I flagged him down and asked if I could borrow his flashlight, since…

…all buildings downtown had no power. He gave me a pen flashlight.

The doors to my building at Park Place were glass but had kicked in, presumably by the FDNY, to see if there were…

…survivors inside. When I got in there, all power was out. No elevators, no hall lights…

…I had to feel my way to the hall and make my way up to my apartment on the third floor by feeling my way there…

…When I got there, the cats were alive. There was WTC dust inside the apartment, but…

…for whatever reason, I had closed the windows before I left to walk uptown that day, so dust was minimal. I loaded them…

…into the carrier and took them back to Queens. That was the last I could get into the apartment until December 2001,…

…and then it was only to get in, take whatever belongings were salvageable (i.e. not computer), and get out. I lived…

in that apartment from 7/2001 to 9/2001, but given the diseases longtime residents have had…

…I’m lucky I decided to move

My only other significant memory is being in the lobby of the apartment building on 9/11…

…and trying to console some woman who lived there who said her father worked on the lower floors of the WTC. I assume…

…he made it out alive, but she was hysterical as of 9:30 that a.m. Who could blame her?

I do remember feeling embarrassed afterwards that…

…I initially thought the smoke coming out of the North Tower was due to a fire or something, but…

…it’s hard to explain the shock of realizing you’re living through a historical event while you’re living through it.

For months afterwards, I tried to tell people how I thought maybe the Towers…

…were going to be hit by six or seven or eight planes in succession. Which sounds nuts, but once you’re in the moment…

…and crazy shit is happening, you don’t know how crazy that script is about to get.

When I left at 9:30, I thought more planes were coming.

I left because I thought, “Well, if these planes hit the building the right way, it could fall and land on mine.”

I remember getting to 57th Street and asking some dude, “What happened?”

And he said, “They collapsed” and I couldn’t believe both of them had gone down. Even after the planes hit…

…I remembered that the Empire State Building had taken a hit from a military plane during WWII and still stood tall

So it was never a serious possibility that the WTC would collapse. I assumed…

…that the FDNY would get up there, put out the fire, and the WTC would be upright but with gigantic holes in it

It took an hour for the first tower to go down, 90 minutes for the second.

Even now, despite the smoke, I’m convinced most of the people trapped at the top were alive…

…and waiting, somehow, for a rescue. The couple whose legal case I worked for told me that…

…their son and his GF contacted her father very shortly before the collapse. Which makes sense. As much smoke as there was…

…if you have a five-story hole in the wall to let air in to breathe, you’re going to linger on.

So for many people, the choice probably quickly became: Hang on, endure the smoke, or jump

If you listen to the 911 calls, which I advise you not to do, some of them chose “hang on”

Although needless to say, if you ever saw the Towers…

…you know how dire things must have been up there to make anyone think the better solution was “jump”

They were ENORMOUS.

Another weird memory: Shortly after I got my apartment in lower Manhattan, on Park Place…

…I remember taking my brother to see “The Others,” which had just opened.

And afterwards I remember taking him up to the rooftop of my building to admire the Towers. According to Wikipedia…

“The Others” opened on August 10, 2001, so this must have been within 10 days or so afterwards. Very eerie.

And I remember we also went to Morton’s and Borders right inside the WTC complex to celebrate my new job

That Borders was gutted, needless to say, on 9/11. You could see the frame of the building in the WTC lobby after the attack

I was reading magazines in there the week or two before

One of the weirdest feelings, which I’m sure everyone can share, is that I remember distinctly feeling…

…in the month or two before the attack that “important” news no longer existed. It was all inane bullshit about…

…shark attacks and Gary Condit and overaged pitchers in the Little League World Series. To this day…

…I try never to grumble about a slow news day because the alternative is horrifyingly worse

After the attack, maybe a month after, I remember going to see “Zoolander” in Times Square and…

…coming up out of the subway tunnel having the distinct fear that…

…the sky would light up and a mushroom cloud would appear instantly above my head in my lost moment of consciousness. No joke. In fact…

…I ended up going to bed around 6:30 p.m. for maybe three months after 9/11.

Even when I ended up working downtown for years after that, with a luxurious view of upper Manhattan from the top floors…

…I always feared looking out the window because I was paranoid that at that precise moment, the flash would go off…

…and that’d be the last thing I see. And in fact, for a moment in 2003 when the power went out city-wide,

…I did think that was what was happening. The wages of 9/11.

I leave you with this, my very favorite film about the WTC. If you’re a New Yorker, have a hanky handy. No. 3 is golden http://is.gd/38qsT

One more note: If you’ve never seen a photo of the smoke coming from the Trade Center after the collapse, find one.

Watching it from the 59th bridge, it looked like a volcano. There was so much smoke, it was indescribable. Just *erupting* from the wreckage

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I’m glad this was reposted.

Mark1971 on September 11, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Tv’s Andy Levy? Is he now Twitter’s Andy Levy. :p I kid.

Back on point…the feed makes me incredibly sad.

LiquidH2O on September 11, 2011 at 5:36 PM

Read this at work last night, from a link on another thread…was wiping tears…

There are only a few left now who were alive when Pearl Harbor happened–my parents generation. My mother tells what a beautiful day it was, they went on a picnic…

We need to preserve the memories of this day, and pass it down to our children and children’s children.

Thanks for reposting this..

lovingmyUSA on September 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Awesome, thanks AP and Levy.

Mord on September 11, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I remember AP posting this bit by bit. Very moving. Thanks Andy for reposting – I was hoping someone would.

Missy on September 11, 2011 at 5:40 PM

I just watched the Naudet brothers film for the first time last night, it really is a historically important movie, absolutely extraordinary. The absolute worst part is when they arrive at the north tower and go in the lobby and you can hear screams and he says that a couple of people were on fire to his right but he didn’t want to film it. I presume they got hit by the fireball which came out of the elevators.

Sharke on September 11, 2011 at 5:44 PM

For the benefit of those who haven’t seen the photo AP was talking about, here’s one from the United States Coast Guard (hosted on Flickr):
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http://norunnyeggs.com/2011/09/911-hot-read-allahpundit-remembers-911-2/trackback

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

After reading this post…

… I can’t imagine anyone enjoying remembering this day.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

C;mon, man.

A little heads up next time?

BallisticBob on September 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Jesus, Mary, Joseph….

Other words are many. None are worthy.

Big Texas hat tip to….to…all of us.

Limerick on September 11, 2011 at 5:53 PM

… I can’t imagine anyone enjoying remembering this day.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Just another campaign stop and a photo op, then off to the links.

Didn’t you know, many muslims celebrate this day differently than us Americans?

fogw on September 11, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Never forget…

Cookies Mom on September 11, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Thanks for saving it Andy. I didn’t know AllahP was such a moving poet. I hope he finds happier things to set his muse to in the future.

Dawnsblood on September 11, 2011 at 5:54 PM

My sympathy to Mr. Pundit. I’ve having difficulty with all this ‘remembrance’; it’s opening up old wounds. I can only guess how people who were there feel.

To me, this feels like another debt that will never be repaid. I keep thinking about those firemen, marching into that building to fight the fires, and rescue people.

Skandia Recluse on September 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM

After reading this post…

… I can’t imagine anyone enjoying remembering this day.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Distrubing to say the least,excellent intell
grab.

And,its a neverending pattern,like clock-
work!!

Its a real shame that Obama wasn’t as cult
ured as President Bush,as Obama seems not
to have a clue about when to be serious,and
respectful in various formal type functions!

As an example,when Hopey was busy yapping
and toasting the Queen,when Englands Nation
al anthem was being played,gawd,the Queen
had to tell him to zip it!!:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Oh No.

Fighter Interceptors scrambled after a commercial flight from LAX to JFK.

IlikedAUH2O on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Well AP,words truly cannot convey that day,but,you did capture
it,and a credit to your thought process,as many that day,were
speechless,and rightly so!!

AP,thank-you:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Allahpundit’s closeness to 9/11, combined with his amazingly brilliant sense of humor in brutally ridiculing those who perpetrated the attacks are why he was the first blogger I described as “my favorite blogger.” His insight continues to be one of the main reasons I read HotAir (despite disagreeing politically with just about everyone else on this site.)

He led me to Andy Levi and Ace, which lead me to Red Eye and Greg Gutfeld. You guys should be running the major networks instead of the putzes currently in charge, who only care what their respective political parties want of them.

cameo on September 11, 2011 at 6:02 PM

IlikedAUH2O on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

On the deck at JFK. They’re saying 2-3 “individuals” locked themselves in the head and wouldn’t come out.

BallisticBob on September 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM

What I remember most about 9/11 is the twin towers of the World Trade Center. At the time I was working for a printing company. Just that week we had printed a Real Estate Brochure for the World Trade Center. Sadly, we never delivered it. Still have a copy of it (am looking at it now). I keep it as a reminder of what once was. Also, so that I never forget.

Tommy_G on September 11, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Oh No.

Fighter Interceptors scrambled after a commercial flight from LAX to JFK.

IlikedAUH2O on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

IlikedAUH20:Found it:)
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Fighter Jets Escort Plane to JFK
Sep 11, 2011 4:45 PM EDT

Fighter jets escorted a plane from LAX to JFK Sunday, after three passengers reportedly locked themselves in the bathroom. Plus, read the Daily Beast and Newsweek’s complete coverage of the day that changed the world
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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/11/9-11-anniversary-andrew-sullivan-christopher-dickey-and-more-daily-beast-and-newsweek-coverage.html

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Thank you for a vivid reminder of how we go on day after day in our personal battle against the fear. This is perhaps the greatest example of American courage.

canditaylor68 on September 11, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Fighter jets escort plane to JFK
September 11, 2011 5:22 PM
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American Airlines Flight 34, which originated in Los Angeles, landed at Kennedy Airport on Runway 4L at about 4:10 p.m. accompanied by two F-16 fighter jets. It was due at 4:16 p.m. in Terminal 8, according to flight records and the law enforcement source, who was not identified because the person was not authorized to speak on the record.
(more………)

http://www.newsday.com/911-anniversary/fighter-jets-escort-plane-to-jfk-1.3162116

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

+7%…!

… Good to have you back, you were missed.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM

We love ya AP.

blatantblue on September 11, 2011 at 6:18 PM

Wow, that Obama grinning picture is really telling.

Kind of like Clinton got busted smiling and laughing at Ron Brown’s funeral but put on the somber, serious face when he noticed the camera was on him.

Libs are turds.

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Thanks for repeating this.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

After reading this post…

… I can’t imagine anyone enjoying remembering this day.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 5:47 PM

I guess there really are people who don’t know how to act at a funeral or memorial service.

txmomof6 on September 11, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I remember this story from 2009, and it blew me away then. Still a great read – Andy Levy’s comparison of it to poetry is apt. Thank you for sharing it with us, AP. And thank you to Andy Levy for holding onto it for posterity.

Myself, I will always remember reading about Barbara Olson. She was a conservative commentator, founder of the Independent Women’s Forum that defended Clarence Thomas in the public eye back in 1991/92. She was also Ted Olson’s wife, he was Solicitor General at the time I believe. She called him from AA Flight 77 before it crashed into the pentagon. By then the first two planes had already hit the WTC… I remember reading about how he told her he loved her before the call was cut off. He never saw her again.

My throat tightens whenever I think about it. I can only imagine the horror of being on the phone with your wife, knowing she’s about to be killed. I know a lot of people lost loved ones that day, but for some reason the death of Barbara Olson became symbolic to me of how al-Qaeda didn’t just murder people, but destroyed families. When the news came that Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, I remember thinking “this is for them, more than anybody.”

Ten years later, Bin Laden is at the bottom of the ocean with a bullet in his brain. And I hope that brings some closure to all of us. Especially Ted Olson and Allahpundit.

Caiwyn on September 11, 2011 at 6:25 PM

What I remember about that day:

A co-worker told me in the parking lot at work that she heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into the WTC.

I thought, wow, kind of like the bomber that crashed into the Empire State building in the Forties?

Went to my cubicle, turned on the radio. Hearing a report about fire trucks being parked below the WTC and how they were applying triage.

Thought to myself, that building could collapse and crush those brave men.

A co-worker had a small television set on in his office. We all gathered to watch the news.

Then, we witnessed the second plane hitting the WTC. I said out loud: This is terrorism.

Watched in shock as the first tower pancacked.

Shock. Unbelievable.

Our firm was in a high rise in Dallas. I remember worrying that this could be a multi-regional attack and looked sheepishly out the windows for any planes.

I remember feeling hopeless. Sad. Angered.
This can not happen here, in America.

I remember seeing Bush with the bullhorn while he had his left arm around the fire chief. His words gave me hope.

I feared that we would be hit again, and soon. I was always waiting for it to happen. A week later when the commercial jet crashed in NY, I panicked. I left work early that day and went to My Life as a House. I did not enjoy the film I was depressed and afraid.

Was relieved when early reports were mechanical failure and not terrorism.

I remember the eerie silence. Living a few miles from Love Field at the time, I just remember standing on my porch and missing the sound of those jets that were continuous.

On every flight after, I was always searching. Looking for any Middle-Eastern looking person. And when I found one, I would began to concentrate on my contingency plan. Yes, I had plans. This would never, ever happen again as long as I was on the flight.

Today? I can’t believe it has been ten years. Seems it was not that long ago. I still can’t believe we have not been hit again, successfully.

For that, I thank many, many people looking out for us.
And, George W. Bush.

We are still enjoying the remnants of his leadership.

Barry Obama is Barry Switzer; enjoying his Super Bowl win upon the back of Jimmy Johnson.

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Around two HUNDRED PEOPLE LEPT FROM THOSE TOWERS.

blatantblue on September 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

On the deck at JFK. They’re saying 2-3 “individuals” locked themselves in the head and wouldn’t come out.

BallisticBob on September 11, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Landed safely. There were marshals on the flight but the situation was not bad enough for them to break cover.

Plane was met by uniformed officers. Don’t know what happened to the passengers causing disturbance. (NYPost).

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM
+7%…!

… Good to have you back, you were missed.

Seven Percent Solution on September 11, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Thanks SPS,its sooooooooo good to be back:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Thanks Andy, AP.

AshleyTKing on September 11, 2011 at 6:38 PM

I requested this last night. Thank you, AP.

INC on September 11, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Around two HUNDRED PEOPLE LEPT FROM THOSE TOWERS.

blatantblue on September 11, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Two pictures you won’t see today:

1) Jumpers from the WTC.

2) Palestinians dancing in the streets. (Until Arafat told them to stop.)

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Yeah, they’re “remembering” the attacks in London.

See: ’9/11: Radical Islamists Burn U.S. Flag in London Protest (VIDEO)’.

Freakin’ progressive/Islamo asshats.

Donald Douglas on September 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I’ll repost,after watching,you’ll know exactly why the Towers failed!
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Saw this,years back,and is kryptonite against Truther 9/11
NutJobs!!

World Trade Center – Anatomy of the Collapse (2002) (1/4)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO2M-oUY9wc

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 3:50 AM

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And,
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Heres the French Brothers Documentary
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The documentary made by two French Brothers originally about a rookie in a NYC firehouse, which turned into a first hand documentary about the events that unfolded on September 11th 2001.
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(2 Hours))
9/11 documentary part 1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q_Jt6g-4fY

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 2:17 AM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

I just remember thinking….it can’t be. I was in those buildings hundreds of times. Looked up and stared at them in the plaza while I ate my lunch at the water fountain. Watched then rise up in the skyline from my backyard in Brooklyn. They are too big, I thought….they can’t fall down…….

Then I remembered how deep they were set in the ground. How many people worked in them and below them. It was a city of people in two buildings. I was numb thinking of the number that would die…..

Then they fell. Then the Pentagon. THE symbol of our mighty military. Then #93. The world changed. I changed. I’m not the same person since that day.

Then I remembered my brother John was an ETM in Queens and I am sure he will be there. I called him and my sisters in Queens. No phone service…….no way to contact them…

Then I cried. Then I got mad. We did unite for a while in a way I never experienced. I thought it was like it was during WWII with everyone on the same team and driven to unite as a solid force. As the years went on, I watched complacency come back in this Country. But not me. I will never forget.

Alan Davidson

Opposite Day on September 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

What I want to know is, when are we going to start playing Cowboys and muslims?

Mirimichi on September 11, 2011 at 6:49 PM

From atop the Twin Towers,a bit surreal!!

Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Music Video @ WTC Twin Towers)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9I2-CfrUWk

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Photo of Guard jet over NYC becomes 9/11 icon
Sept 9 2011
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http://www.navytimes.com/news/2011/09/ap-photo-of-vermont-air-guard-jet-on-becomes-9-11-icon-090911/

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I was in NYC a few years before 9/11, and we had lunch in the restaurant at the top of the WTC. The power went out because of a substation fire in lower Manhattan. The emergency generator was limited, so they told us to walk down to the 70th floor or thereabouts and get the one emergency elevator down. I remember my legs wobbling by the time we got down to the 70th. Got home by PATH and Amtrak from Newark.

I think about walking down those 30 flights of stairs, and wonder that people did make it out.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 7:07 PM

This post should live on. Although the Obamaleft wants to diminish and minimize 9/11 we won’t ever forget.

And as for his “Presidential Proclamation” that today will now be forever known as Grandparents Day, This “holiday” has been around since the 1970′s.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Moving, now, as then.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2011 at 7:10 PM

This was an excellent account by Allah..Thanks Andy Levy..We must Never Forget..

PS..Never Forget!..

Dire Straits on September 11, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Shared this on FB and Twitter.

nickj116 on September 11, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Thank you so much for reposting this. It captures the tragedy of that day so poignantly. Thanks for your transparency AP.

I was on a break in between classes during grad school and the tv happened to be on. I sat on the floor in shock and watched everything unfold. The worst moment was realizing how many people were in the crumbling buildings and just perished.

My sympathy to Mr. Pundit. I’ve having difficulty with all this ‘remembrance’; it’s opening up old wounds. I can only guess how people who were there feel.
To me, this feels like another debt that will never be repaid. I keep thinking about those firemen, marching into that building to fight the fires, and rescue people.
Skandia Recluse on September 11, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Same here. This day opens old wounds. It’s such a painful day, full of sorrow and grief. Our lives changed that day. We’ll never go back, unfortunately.

conservative pilgrim on September 11, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Rep. Allen West – 9/11 Memorial Presser – 9.7.11
Added: 4 hours ago Occurred On: Sep-11-2011
(25:53 Min.)
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c0c_1315766791

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I remember that after the collapse there was nothing recognizable. I didn’t know how they would find survivors when there was nothing but dust, no desks, no computers, nothing but dust.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

I remember that after the collapse there was nothing recognizable. I didn’t know how they would find survivors when there was nothing but dust, no desks, no computers, nothing but dust.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Do you remember when everyone was calling in to donate blood? And when we got the news that it wouldn’t be needed?

In Feb 2002 I took my son (then aged 7) to NYC along with my mom. He signed a wood board that was attached to a fence. Growing up in NYC I watched the towers rise. And then I watched them fall. It’s strange because usually I’m the type to get over things with time; like the death of my daughter. I’ll never get over 9/11/01. Ever.

Key West Reader on September 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Key West Reader on September 11, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I’m sorry about your daughter. I don’t know why 9/11 is something so hard to get over maybe because we felt like it happened to all of us and because we all looked after each other. I can’t explain it either but then if you look at other threads, many have moved on. And I don’t fault them if they can.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I remember that after the collapse there was nothing recognizable. I didn’t know how they would find survivors when there was nothing but dust, no desks, no computers, nothing but dust.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Cindy Munford:Amen,wherever the dust settles,its sacred ground,
and in the above linky,*every floor,had about 4″ of
poured concrete,and the fire-proofing was blown off
from the impact!

I think,thats the major source of the dust!:)
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*

World Trade Center – Anatomy of the Collapse (2002) (1/4)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO2M-oUY9wc

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

We went to the Alamo for a very moving ceremony lasting from 0730-0900. It was followed by a 5K run where several wounded warriors ran, followed by ~30 San Antonio Fire Fighters in full gear.

ted c on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Oh, Allah. How bizarre it must be for people who were so close to this to have to carry on like normal afterward. It’s still I can do to watch the videos from that day.

cynccook on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Yeah, they’re “remembering” the attacks in London.

See: ’9/11: Radical Islamists Burn U.S. Flag in London Protest (VIDEO)’.

Freakin’ progressive/Islamo asshats.

Donald Douglas on September 11, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Looks like this war is far from over.

the_nile on September 11, 2011 at 7:58 PM

SEPTEMBER 11, 2011

ENTITLED TO FREEDOM
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Our Legacy is Freedom,
But we fritter it away
With every new entitlement
That passes every day

Entitled to food…
But who will grow it?
Entitled to learn…
But who will know it?
Entitled to housing…
But who will pay it?
Entitled to truth…
But who will say it?
Entitled to health care…
But who will provide it?
Entitled to leadership…
But who will decide it?
(More………)
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Shining a psychological spotlight on a few of the insanities of life

http://drsanity.blogspot.com/

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Does anyone else find it telling that Time had to have Valerie Plame and Daisy Khan weigh in?

cynccook on September 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

September 11th, 2011
9/11: ten years
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That’s a long time. So long ago that there are teenagers now who were so young back then that they don’t remember it. To them, it’s just a piece of history, not part of their life experience. It’s something that always was there, part of the background of the world as they know it.

For we who were grownups when it happened, it’s also been transmuted—not to something that was always there, but to something that’s been incorporated into our view of the world. We’ve all done that differently. But for us, the shock and surprise and horror reoccurs (to a somewhat diminished extent, of course; there’s no shock like the first shock) whenever we see the footage, or when we think—really really think, without the protective shield of familiarity—of what actually happened on that day.
(More……)

http://neoneocon.com/

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Does anyone else find it telling that Time had to have Valerie Plame and Daisy Khan weigh in?

cynccook on September 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Sorry…Wrong thread….

cynccook on September 11, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Does anyone else find it telling that Time had to have Valerie Plame and Daisy Khan weigh in?

cynccook on September 11, 2011 at 8:03 PM

cynccook:Ugh,the so-called super-undercover spy!:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I haven’t watched the complete video but I think considering how many people were in those building everyone was expecting more casualties. I think my only complaint, maybe it is covered further in, is that people should have been able to get to the roof and be rescued. I am sure we have learned many things but I swear I can’t fault people for not thinking this could happen. What kind of mind things of such a thing?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM

ted c on September 11, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Your firefighters are getting a work out, may you get a break and a good soaking rain very soon.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Very apropos.

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Well,it didn’t take too long,hate is still alive
with these F $%^&*()(*& sticks!
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British Islamists Burn American Flag at 9/11 Protest

A group calling themselves “Muslims Against Crusades” demonstrate outside the US embassy in central London.
Added: 35 mins ago Occurred On: Sep-11-2011
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f16_1315783912

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM

You summed it up well as usual. Glad you’re back.

I’m sitting here reading the posts after reading Allah’s story and about to cry. I lost no one on 9-11 but it was an attack on all of us. Then I see a pic of that goofy fool posing as president fkn laughing and my heart just breaks.

arnold ziffel on September 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Neat picture.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 8:17 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 5:58 PM
You summed it up well as usual. Glad you’re back.

I’m sitting here reading the posts after reading Allah’s story and about to cry. I lost no one on 9-11 but it was an attack on all of us. Then I see a pic of that goofy fool posing as president fkn laughing and my heart just breaks.

arnold ziffel on September 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM

arnold ziffel:Thanks,and great to be back,and I do agree,9/11
is emotional,and one should never forget,just like
“Remember Pearl Harbour”!

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:13 PM
Well the religion of perpetual outrage is outraged – they are never going to win if they keep insisting on fighting in their pajamas.

Dr Evil on September 11, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Dr Evil:Most excellent,and it gets me too,to see Jihadys,in
flip-flops and a dress,or a real long extended shirt
running around in the open!:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:24 PM

I was in NYC a couple of months after 9/11. A lot of the posters put up by families to help identify their lost loved ones, many with pictures, had been moved to St. Vincent’s Hospital.

You could only read a couple, and then the loss of hopes was just too much when you realized that none them had been found alive. And few found at all in recognizable condition.

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

I am a bit consoled by the image of those 19 high-jackers getting anally raped for eternity by wild boars (pork).

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 8:28 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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I haven’t watched the complete video but I think considering how many people were in those building everyone was expecting more casualties. I think my only complaint, maybe it is covered further in, is that people should have been able to get to the roof and be rescued. I am sure we have learned many things but I swear I can’t fault people for not thinking this could happen. What kind of mind things of such a thing?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Cindy Munford:Oh lord,your right,it could of been worse,and I
always thought,why water-bombers weren’t dispatched.
At that high of a height,me thinks,for fighting that
kind of (fire)situation! was the way to go!:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

My coworker today told me about her dads bestfriend.

Her father was an FDNY chief. Retired right before 9/11.

…they found the top half of his best friend in the rubble.

blatantblue on September 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Awwww. The Jets are playing the Cowboys,

and George W Bush did the coin toss.

Now the kickoff of a pigskin football.

And Osama is fishfood.

Team USA, f@ck, yeah!

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Lady Antebellum sang the national anthem. Very moving.

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

Wethal on September 11, 2011 at 8:25 PM

We were in NYC near the end of October 2001. We parked at Weehawken and took the ferry to Midtown. At the terminal we saw some of those posters. It was so very, very sad—I knew none of them, but seeing their faces made their death and their families’ loss very real.

INC on September 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

My Canada doing its bit!
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A Unique Thankyou Gift to the town of Gander, Newfoundland for their Heroic Hospitality on 9-11,
Added: 1 hour ago
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When terrorist attacks closed American airspace on 9-11, 38 passenger planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. The town and surrounding areas welcomed the 6,500 stranded passengers and crew as if they were family. Learning of the great kindness and compassion of the Canadian hosts, one American took it upon himself to arrange a gift of thanks.
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http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=324_1315782256

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Cowboys score first.

Love you, tho, NY.

carbon_footprint on September 11, 2011 at 8:39 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I never even thought of water bombers. The one thing we can all be certain of is that people did their absolute best and their all. As bad as it was, it could have been worse. What if the heroes on Flight 93 hadn’t succeeded?

O/T I tried to be a stalker and find you before you let us know why you were missing. I’m not very good at but by any chance did you have a grandbaby while you were away from us?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 8:42 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:30 PM
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I never even thought of water bombers. The one thing we can all be certain of is that people did their absolute best and their all. As bad as it was, it could have been worse. What if the heroes on Flight 93 hadn’t succeeded?

O/T I tried to be a stalker and find you before you let us know why you were missing. I’m not very good at but by any chance did you have a grandbaby while you were away from us?

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Cindy Munford:Why kinda,our second grandchild(a boy)was born
in March,with my oldest son!

And,on the waterbomber,its easy to say,afterwords,
but somebody needs to train a team,for these tall
buildings that might have a fire!:)

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

canopfor on September 11, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Water bombers is interesting but you’re right, that is mighty high and the water would go straight down. And then that would probably stop any kind of roof rescue. To be honest, I’m not sure how you fight a fire that high if you don’t have a plane full of jet fuel in the middle of the building. I am sure they do it but it seems impossible. Congratulations on the grandson, don’t worry I have already forgotten your “real” name given to me by a mutual friend. Your absence was much discussed and we are so glad to have you back.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2011 at 9:07 PM

Had screen shots of this when originally tweeted; this is so much better, or course, in a single file. Does read like a poem.

erix138 on September 12, 2011 at 12:05 AM

What a fitting way to end 9/11/2011. I hung on every single word Allah posted that night, as though I was watching a play. I’ll forever thank Andy for capturing it for posterity.

sybilll on September 12, 2011 at 2:18 AM

At my office, which I had just joined, I was told that…

…some people had seen the jumpers diving out the windows to escape the flames that morning

There was a video online, posted maybe two years ago, shot from the hotel across the street,,,

…and it showed roughly 10-12 bodies flattened into panackes lying in the central plaza

Maybe it’s still online somewhere

You have to see it to understand, though. You get a sense of it from the Naudet brothers documentary hearing…

…the explosions as the bodies land in the plaza, but seeing it and hearing it are two different things

This, though I saw it only on television and can’t even fathom seeing it or hearing it in person, is burned into my memory forever. When I hear people talk or write of 9/11 as if it were just another sad or “tragic” event, or when someone suggests that the people who did this deserve a fair trial or any kind of fair treatment, or that we need to just move on, the sight of flying bodies is there with me as it will be for all time, as is and will be the anger. It is one of those memories I wish I could erase or delete like an unwanted email or something. But it haunts me, still, and not just on the anniversary of this day.

Thanks, Andy, for posting this and reminding us that AP is more than just a good writer and blogger.

TXUS on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 AM