9/11 10 Years Later: Navigating the Post-9/11 World

Thoughts and observations on life in a post-9/11 world.

On Mon, Sept 12, 2011 at 3:14 PM "Anonymous" wrote:

We lost two buildings, they're down two countries and another one is getting in line to be next.

On Thurs, Sept 8, 2011 at 8:37 PM "Anonymous" wrote:

I think there is too much political correctness surrounding these 9/11 observances. These attacks were made by an evil offshoot of Islam and the disappointing thing is that many members of the Muslim world don't condemn these extremists.

On Wed, Sept 7, 2011 at 11:54 AM "Luis F. Clemente, Ph.D. '09" wrote:

Unlike what was said in the e-mail that contained the link to this web site, I was not an undergrad on 9/11. I was an MA student in New York City.

I used to live in Brooklyn Heights with my older brother. I woke up at 8:45 that morning to go to campus and was brushing my teeth when the first news bulletin flashed on WNBC, where we had the TV on. Sometime later I went to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, which has a fantastic view of Manhattan. That day, not quite. One of the memories of that day that will stay with me forever was watching how one of the WTC towers was ablaze, along with several hundred people. [Read More...]

On Tues, Sept 6, 2011 at 3:30 PM "Christian Speedling" wrote:

I was a sophomore at SUNY Brockport asleep in my bed when I got a call from my girlfriend telling me a plane had hit the WTC. At the time I figured it was a small plane that was lost or had lost control and thought the buildings were so massive that this was not a huge deal. She seemed really shaken up about it so I turned on the TV just in time to see the second plane hit. That's when I knew this was no accident and that severe damage would be done to the buildings.

For a couple hours at least, my roommates and I (six of us in total) were watching and wondering how the FDNY would fight a fire so high in the air. We had conversations about the logistics of fire hoses and ladders, emergency action plans and first responders, never thinking that the towers would fall.
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On Sat, Sept 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM "Peter W. Brusoe, '03 '04" wrote:

September 11, 2011 I was late for my Selected Topics in Religious Studies with Sister Maureen O'Leary. I made it from Dutch Quad to Chapel House in record speed and I came in at 8:55. 10 minutes late for class. My biggest concern was how to sneak into a 20 person class with my lateness unobserved. I entered and The entire class was crowded around the television. I whispered to one of the other students' what's going on? "Someone accidentally flew a plane into the World Trade Center." I gasped.

We were watching mesmerized at the damage on the tower when the second plane hit. Everyone was shocked, Sr. Maureen cancelled class and told us we could go back to our dorms if we wanted. Some of the students in the class went out to call back downstate. Sr. Maureen asked if I could help pass out a flier for a special mass and a bunch of us went around to the different quads to pass out the information. [Read More...]

On Sat, Sept 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM "Mike Fagel" wrote:

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September 11, 2001—September 11, 2011

Ten years, what a difference.

The day started as any other day, that fateful day, 10 years ago. We all heard of the plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York City, and many have though of it as an "accident"...Then, In horror, we saw or heard of the "2nd plane" crashing into the other twin towers.

At that moment, history will show, the face of emergency services changed. There was NO organization called homeland security in 2001 (it was created March 1, 2003)

I had been a member of the North Aurora Illinois Fire protection district since 1975, working in Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Planning and disaster preparedness. Also, I served as a reservist with FEMA since 1995 (my first deployment was the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995)

At 11AM that morning of September 11, 2001, my pager went off to contact, and I was put on standby with travel orders to be forthcoming. I arrived at Ground Zero on September 13, and was assigned to the FDNY logistics Chief, DC Charles Blaich. We were in the midst of extreme and utter destruction, the likes of which I have never witnessed before. [Read More...]

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On Sat, Sept 3, 2011 at 1:21 PM "Rick C. Matthews" commented:

Mike Fagel is a senior subject matter expert for the NCSP (Chicago area).  He had an interesting role and therefore perspective on the 2nd Trade Center attacks – response and recovery.    In many ways its speaks for a lot of us, I think.  Mike and I both were involved in the response and recovery operations after the OKC bombing.  I remember the 10 year anniversary of that incident and our reflections on it.  Most of us, I think, rarely talk about our inner feelings about such events and generally stick to the third person perspective when we do speak.  I know this was a bit hard for Mike to write (he did it for another organization) but my guess is that it was also therapeutic. [Read More...]

On Sat, Sept 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM "TB" wrote:

The World Trade Center was, and still is, a big part of my life. In the 1970s, my dad regularly took me to watch the construction. As a professional, I spent 17 years working in the shadows of the great landmark with friends and colleagues. The towers helped to define New York; 9/11 marked it as the Resilient city. On this ten year anniversary, I am happy to see New York power grow with each new building constructed at the site. I am happy to see the many memorials that have been added to the metro area landscape. I am fortunate to have forged strong bonds with friends who shared that day with me. But the sting is still there. It's there when I see men and women in uniform, protecting our liberties. It's there every time I see friends who lost loved ones that day. It's there whenever I walk through the streets of New York. And it's there on every clear, crisp September morning.

On Fri, Sept 2, 2011 at 6:07 PM "Anonymous" wrote:

One can not help but relive that day. It puts me in a very reflective, meditative and yet in a grateful state. I am in awe of the old accounts - retold, and the new ones being shared. I still seems like it just happened yesterday. There is restlessness, there are still many unresolves, my heart still wrenches for the loss of someone's grandparent(s), parent(s), son(s), daughter(s) friend(s). I am glad I still shed tears hearing their stories. I am grateful to still be able to feel that tragic day. Truly, we/I will not forget.

On Thurs, Sept 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM "Geo in NY" wrote:

It's impossible for me to forget the scores of people
walking up 5th Avenue with whiten faces, trudging, moving forward in
a type of lethergy, daze. Seeing the smoke from 44th and 5th was
frightening - it still is. Still can not get the wherewithall to go
to ground zero. Maybe someday, but not yet.

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM "Joe in NJ" wrote:

September 12, 2001 was my 50th birthday and I had always wanted to have that day's New York Times front page mounted and framed to commemorate the day.  Needless to say, the picture of the towers burning and crumbling to the ground on September 11th was not the image I wished to preserve as a birthday present.  Friends and Wall Street colleagues who were just trying to support their families through an honest day's work, not trying to conquer other cultures or lands, met a violent death.  As a consequence, dramatic change in the way they needed to approach their daily living activities was forced upon New Yorkers and all Americans.  One thing did not change, however, and that was our resilience and sense of purpose as human beings and Americans.  With tears and muscle the rubble was cleared; with visions and compromises the plan for the reconstruction was developed; with sorrow and hope the 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated.   It seems to me the Memorial and new towers will stand as tribute not only to the victims, but also to the survivors and to our national pride.  We are within days of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and I'm expecting the dedication to be the lead story on the front page of the New York Times the next day on my 60th birthday.  So maybe it will finally be time to mount and frame that 2001 front page - right next to the 2011 edition.  There can't be a simpler, clearer way to illustrate the spirit, resilience, and resolve of the people that make this country so great.

On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 11:57 AM "BuffaloNYGirl" wrote:

It's hard to believe we're approaching the 10 year anniversary of 9/11. It's interesting to consider how many aspects of our lives have been impacted by that terrible event - from preparedness for other potential events to simply going about our daily lives.

On Thurs, Aug 25, 2011 at 4:00 PM "T.M. from Albany" wrote:

The dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial in DC makes me think about the legacy of Reverand King and causes me to hope that a leader like MLK might emerge in the MIddle East and provide an alternative to the 'leadership' of Al Qaeda and its splinter groups. If someone like MLK could do for the Islamic world what he did for America, then there would be a positive future ahead for that region and for the entire world.

On Thurs, Aug 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM "A. L." wrote:

Terrorism is here to stay. Players and tactics may change, but as long as they think it works, they'll keep doing it. Unfortunately fear works. That's post 9/11 reality.

On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 2:16 PM "A hopeful observer in Albany" wrote:

As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, I find myself feeling more safe and secure, and less anxious about the threat of terrorism. I think it's partially due to the deaths of Osama bin Laden and a number of other major terrorists. I also keep hearing experts say that al-Qaeda has been considerably weakened. I don't know if I'm all wrong and the threat is still just as big, or if we really have made substantial progress in the war on terrorism. To me though, it feels like we've turned a corner.

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