IT WAS AN UNTHINKABLE ATTACK that told Americans they were no longer safe. At 8:48 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11, carrying 92 people from Boston to Los Angeles, crashed into One World Trade Center, several stories above the 80th floor. At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175, a Boeing 767 carrying 65 people from Boston to Los Angeles, sliced into the midsection of Two World Trade Center.
It was like the Apocalypse...Huge red and orange fireballs roared higher and higher from a gaping hole in the structure, standing out brightly against the azure sky. The attack did far more than punch a gap in the New York skyline; it tore a hole in the national psyche as Americans watched live television images of the devistation, a frightening exhibit of American vulnerability.
At 9:21 a.m., about 15 minutes after the second plane hit, all bridges and tunnels to Manhatten were closed to traffic but pedestrians streamed across the Brooklyn Bridge to get out of the city. Witnesses said that after the jets struck the towers they saw people jumping to their deaths to escape hellish flames.
With all eyes on the burning World Trade Center, Tower Two collapsed at 10:00 a.m., falling straight down. It was an unthinkable event.
Tower One disappeared into its own rubble 29 minutes after Tower Two. A blanket of gray white ash spread thickly over lower Manhattan as crowds of people ran north. Faces were coated, ghost-like, but for the tracks of tears.
The attack also left a hole in a city's heart, with so many firefighters and police officers dying in the rescue effort, along with so many innocent civilians. Rescuers said they had to dig their own way free after the towers collapsed.
People streamed uptown in Manhattan, in a daylong version of the biblical Exodus, feeling the devistation and horror at the World Trade Center. Some had damp T-shirts dangling from their necks, makeshift protection against the drifting white soot. Overall, an erie quiet settled over the city.
Fire spread to the 47-story building No. 7, and it collapsed into a pile of debris early in the evening. Mayor Rudolf Giuliani said he had left the city's command center there 10 minutes before the collapse. The mayor would later say the city is strong and will come back better than ever.
These events were witnessed all over the world and will forever be embedded into our memories, as will the individuals who lost their lives. It has touched me deeply and following are web pages created from my heart and dedicated to the victims of that horrific day.
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GOD BLESS AMERICA!
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