Friday, September 11, 2009
To 9/11 and back


Eight years since 9/11, the anniversary of the terror attacks still brings back memories of a frightening, but unifying, time. We were moved by a collaboration between sjunat55 and JoyfulGypsy featuring memorial tributes photographed in New York and New Jersey, respectively. The photos are stunning and illustrate the somber anniversary. To see two talented iReporters working together was heartwarming, and we are excited at the possibility that others will be inspired by their project.


TheVideoMan, another iReporter, described 9/11 as baby boomers' version of Pearl Harbor. He interviewed neighbors and friends to find out where they were and what they remember that day. Fellow Californian Pixel visited a field of flags at Pepperdine University in Malibu. Such displays have become a tradition all across the United States as each anniversary date passes. And former New Yorker NakedBoyNews (now of Las Vegas, Nevada) also gave his take, looking back on what he says was a time when people pulled together.


"Let's all go back to September 12, 2001, when we made sure our neighbors were OK. We called our families and said, 'I love you.' We went home for a visit."


We thank iReporters sharing unique personal takes on this national anniversary, giving us a window into their memories from this time. Share your thoughts here and send us your own story if you'd like.

September 11, 2009
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@nsaidi- Thanks for the beautiful prelude to this blog. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share this experience with someone who I admire and respect.

I have a very vivid memory of that morning- a crystal clear, cool one, that felt like late September. I was on my way to work, crossing Seventh Avenue, wondering what all the sirens were all about. We would all find out soon enough. Another moment that's still with me is watching hundreds of men building stretchers in a park by City Hall to help rescue survivors as well as doctors and nurses waiting in front of St Vincent's Hospital, waiting for the ambulances. The pictures of the missing ones those first days, the National Guard on the streets, then the funerals at St Patrick's for all the lost firemen and policemen. I hope I can always remember this, as well as my co-workers Genady and Sigrid, who died up in one of the towers, at work. Like so many others. Just at work.

September 11, 2009
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I remember those days very well from going to Hostess factory store and asking the manager to match me dollar for dollar and bringing snacks to the overwhelmed blood banks and the many other stories of out pouring of support from everyone in the community out on Long Island.  However, the most poignant memory I have is not till three days later at 2am I was driving by Ronkonkoma train station and the parking lot was still full of cars many of which would never be claimed by the individuals who parked them I had to pull over on the bridge I was so overwhelmed with that thought.  I know I will never forget that moment as long as I live

September 11, 2009
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Amazing shots..both are excellent photographers. I really like that quote from Nakedboynews..yes..we need to go back to 9/12/01 and remember how much care and concern we had for each other.

September 11, 2009
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Thank you for this blog CNN iReport.  It's been a real pleasure collaborating with, sjunat55; an inspiring friend and a photographer whom I very much admire.


I have shared my memory of September 11, 2001.  If interested, you may see my photos and read about it at the following link. 



September 11, 2009
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very nice

September 11, 2009
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Dear CNN and iReport. This is a somber day of rememberance around the globe. The image that is seared in my memory is the photograph of the the businessperson with a briefcase that is ghostly white from the dust of the explosions. This event is still all too real for those who were of this earth on that day and to the heros that have passed but are not forgotten. So it saddened me today more than ever to read a commentary in the Detroit Free Press on the eve of 9/9/09. A quote in the commentary that should make all Americans angry is as follows:




September 10, 2009


It is not enough that Joe Wilson apologized to the president.


It is not enough to say that free speech excuses idiots.


It is not enough that his Republican colleagues denounced him.


Because here’s the thing: Not once in the six years that he oversaw lying and misleading and misrepresenting, all in the name of a fake war on terror (end quote)



Dear CNN there is nothing FAKE about preventing another day of what happened on 9/11/09.  The Commentary by the Freep should sadden all Americans.


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September 11, 2009
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I remember that morning well.  I had gotten home from work late the night before and having my mom knock on my bedroom door to wake me up and tell me the first tower went down.  I got to the living room in time to see the second tower go down.  My sister was at work, my brother in school still.  I remember looking at my dad and just wondering if either of us were going to be called back into the military.  We both knew there was no way that we would not be going to war once we found out who did it.  Thankfully neither of us were reactivated, but I have had many friends fighting over there since then...those that I care for.

September 11, 2009
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i will never forget the feeling of being thrown out of bed by the first plane slamming into the north tower, the horror that ensued from that point on...  also the smells and sounds of the attacks are forever seared into my soul.  but nothing is as painful as witnessing the jumpers.  i hope they are at peace now.

September 11, 2009
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September 11, 2009
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First off, I'd like to say that on the morning of 9/11/01 I was sitting in my truck getting loaded in OKC, OK.  The load was Hazardous Waste bound for NYC to be incinerated.  I can tell you the sadness and fear I had watching this unfold on my laptop, and the fear that I felt everytime I was stopped from OK to NY.  The troopers coming up with their guns at the ready and when I finally made it to the NY line, being told that I couldn't enter the state.  Which I understood, my truck made a wonderful target to anybody who could fire a missle.  I for one didn't want to make the news along side of one of the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil.  My hat still goes off to our men and women in uniform, as well as those firefighters and law enforcement personnel who gave their lives on that fateful day.  I will certainly not forget!  Now for something that happened today 9/11/09 in NYC......OH my god, people in this country need to wake up. I for one am glad the USCG held an exercise while the 9/11 ceremony was going on. Why should they wait to hold this exercise? Will the terrorists wait till the ceremony is over? No I think not. And besides it gives all the agencies that responded a chance to look at their emergency plans to see where they can improve on how they responded.  Thank you Adm. for having the courage to plan an exercise on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  I applaud the USCG's actions.  Congress should be looking for ways to thank them, instead of hang them.  Why would they announce to everyone there is gonna be an exercise?  This gave everyone a change to prove they can respond effectively to a real attack, and find the holes in their plan before a real attack happens.  And lets remember terrorists won't shoot it out with the Coast Guard, they like the Shock and Awe, not let's do this so they know were coming.....  I see nothing wrong with the USCG's policies on this exercise.

September 11, 2009
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thanks for making these forum what it is Thanks so much great job and on a sad day like these one is so emotive to see all the posts tributes for 9.11 thanks again truly me Larena

September 12, 2009
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Well, this day was really should be called ultimate tragedy..Its a trageyd wherein lots of people from different races.Families carrying photos of lost loved ones streamed into a plaza near Ground Zero in New York on Friday to observe the eighth anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, many standing tearfully through moments of silence in honour of those who died.This really a tragic moment for all even other countries were given their pity condolences for the nation.It was the downfall or destruction of the World Trade Center and everybody buzzed that news!No other medicine for the left family of those who died even Blue Man cant cure the sadness they felt. It would be better to die from cancer, blue man can cure. But dying through an accident or this kind of rebellious way of quitting life is very rude.
September 12, 2009
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Great that this site remember the 9/11 tragedy.



September 12, 2009
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We will all remember where we were, what we were doing, who we were talking to and what we were saying, at the exact moment we first heard about this tragedy.  I was with my daughter at the store, buying bagels for breakfast, before I took her to kindergarten.  As we were walking in, I overheard the store manager talking with a customer, saying "Yeah, I heard a couple of planes hit the World Trade Center".   My first thought was, 'I'm sure it was not a couple a planes; probably a little Cessna'.  I remember thinking it must have been foggy in NYC, for a plane not to see the WTC before hitting it.  I didn't know until about a half hour later, when I arrive at work, what had actually happened.  As everyone else, I was in total shock for the entire day.  There was one comment made by, I believe, a German pilot, who said, he would have never dreamt he'd be called to duty to protect the United States, but he had been.  That statement was profound to me.  This was definitely a defining moment in history; in our lifetime. 

September 12, 2009
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Everybody did a great job in memory of those lost on 911. It is forever etched in the collective minds of all who witnessed that horrible day. I salute my fellow iReporters as well as CNN and iReport staff for the wonderful job you do, not only on this issue but all the great reports submitted...Thank you all!! Denise

September 12, 2009
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What a lovely idea, what if the world were perfect, what if everyone was a nice, normal, decent person that followed that law.  This is a cute idea for youngsters to write about, but the truth is this is a very psychotic deviant society.  There is perversion and corruption everywhere, in all walks of life.  What if there were no psychotic manipulators that polluted the truth? 


What if people helped one another instead of trying to destroy each other?  What if there was no crime, image a day without crime?  What if there was no war.  Image a country were everything worked the way it was meant to.  What if there was no hate or injustice, what if the law applied to everyone.  What if life was fair and the American dream was actually accessible to everybody.  What if everyone did the right thing?  What if can only happened when the human factor reaches a higher level of consciousness.  What if there could be a new beginning, what if everyone could have a do over?  What if fantasies were real?  What if everyone were rich, what if 911 had never happened? 


September 12, 2009
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It's just a shame that these familys, are reminded every year. That there familys were torn apart by a bunch of sneeky cowards....The fact that PREZ> BUSH warned them of an attack.over there..who really cares whats happens over there..........They been goin at for years, the US funded bagdad for how long and now .  Mothers, sons and daughters are being slaughtered.....for things that were never found ??? i'm sorry i just don't phuckin get it...

September 13, 2009
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I was in Alaska when the towers came down, it hurt my heart so very much ! I worked in two world trade center for many years. (N.Y.S. Div. for youth, transfer agent)

God bless all those that fell victum to this maddness.

9/11 will never be forgotten !

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