Tuesday, September 10, 2019

On live today, from Man on the Street


9/11 nyc from space
As seen from space
Getting ready for work...watching a live financial show... Man on the Street sending current sites and images to two commentators...Talking about Wall Street...then...Man on the Street cameraman turns camera upwards...

One stops mid-sentence: Wait, what?...Did we just see a stunt?...No, think it is a bomb of some sort...WAIT?...(focus in tight, there, there...) Smoke, look!...Explosion  (Did you see that?!!)...What? See the second tower?...A plane? What you mean there are two planes?...Both towers, smoke and fire?...Oh, dear God, no! NoNoNo......

People start running, some screaming...Get in that door, get out of the smoke!...Confusion

Noise, so much noise...Sirens...

Live TV, from the Man on the Street...Both men find their voices, but there are tears. Screen switches to main news. Their voices are scratchy, confused.

What could they say? What should they say? How could they say it?

How could they say anything then, or in the hours that followed? Or the days? Years? Or over the next 18 years? 

What can we say now?

Even now, looking back, what will anyone say in days, years, decades to come?




The numbers of those exposed to the toxic fallout are about 400,000. Of those 10,000 have registered with World Health to check for cancer. Many have died, and it is predicted that more people will follow as time passes.

Tomorrow is that day, 9/11.

42 comments:

  1. It just came out of the blue like that. Sad anniversary.

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  2. Yes, all those thousands of people’s lives ruined by the one event. I often think about my generation being the last to remember first hand the terror of the night after night, year after year, bombing raids of our country, and wonder how this will be remembered and learned from, if at all, after we are gone. War after war.

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    1. I wonder if our Millennial generation will see this event beyond the politics.

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  3. It is one of several memories that hurt whenever I think of them. It is an "I remember exactly where I was" event.

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  4. The world remembers. As it does too many tragic anniversaries. When will we learn...

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  5. Well said. I remember it like it was yesterday. What is striking is how one remembers little things. At the time, as I do now, I work about forty miles from Manhattan. I remember the burnt, plastic smell in the air the next day.

    We all need to keep trying to make this a better world.

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    1. You were mighty close to it all. The odor will always be part of the memory.

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  6. Seemed so much like the end of the world at the time. Couldn't hardly get down streets for the lines at gas stations. The lack of air traffic was unnerving. Church that night was filled, and weeping.

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  7. I never forget a 9/11 post, either. I've been sharing them since the second year I had my blog.

    I remember a husband and wife were news reporters in Wichita, KS. They both took jobs at the same station in NYC. She was live on air and he was in the field when it happened. I remember one of the local stations picked it up to honor them. She asked if he was OK. Silence. More asking if he was OK. By this point, she forgot where she was and instinct took over. You could hear the fear and desperation in her voice as she tried to reach her husband in the field, not really realizing (or probably caring) that she was on air. Several hours later he checked in at the station, but he had been caught in one of the waves of debris that rolled along the streets near the falling towers. He had ducked into a shoe store to get out of the debris and flying dust.

    It is definitely a sad day, but one we must never forget. Everyone who lived through it, whether they were in NYC or Needles, CA will never forget that day and have their own story to tell.

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    1. The husband and wife will always have that connection of a memory.

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  8. I pray no-one will ever stop sharing their stories … and taking time to listen to others'. Never forget!

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  9. It was a quiet morning, getting the kids ready for day care. We all took our kids as usual, so as not to upset them unduly, and tried to make everything normal for them. It was so difficult.

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  10. It was a morning I will never forget and Americans should never forget either. No one in the world should forget.

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  11. To all who have left comments here, I will never forget that day either. I was the one watching the Man on the Street filming with my hands over my face.

    None of us will ever forget that day, what we were doing. And what we were doing for the weeks afterwards stay strong in my mind. My parents remembered Pearl Harbor in the same way this generation will remember 9/11.

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  12. It is hard to imagine the thoughts of the people near the terrible incident. It was bad enough for us afar. The most tragic act of terror ever, in our land of the free and home of the brave. the side effects will haunt us forever!

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  13. Thank you for sharing this. I still remember exactly where I was at the time, as so many of us do. The magnitude of the evil is stunning.

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    1. The results that hit Afghanistan and other involved countries will always be remembered in those places.

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  14. I was in 8th grade when it happened. Our school didn't let us watch the news.

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  15. I remember hearing about it on the early morning news when it happened and cried most of the day.

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    1. Every person I meant that day had the same looks on their faces.

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  16. I can't imagine the horror of those who were close by. Those of us who watched in disbelief from miles away were stunned to our core. Our minds telling us this can't be true but our ears and eyes saying yes-- it is.

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    1. Even now I know that those families will think of that every day.

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  17. I used to watch the morning news while having breakfast, but after the 9-11 event I no longer watch it.

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  18. Like all of the above commenters: I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing. Then I remember going to school, in a teacher meeting. What to do next.

    Remember JJK. Remember Martin Luther King J. But nothing NOTHING like this>

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  19. We can say we remember, and most of all, those who gave their lives to save others. We can remember and support the first responders and those who volunteered for the days, weeks and months later to work and look through the debris to find what had been lost. My friend, who was one of them, has been dealing with cancer for years.

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    1. How many more who develop cancer? Only time will tell.

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  20. Thank you for the remembrance. May we never forget.

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    1. Forgetting would be something none should allow to happen.

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