As a New Yorker who lived through the horror of 911 I find this Ten Year Anniversary to be a hard time for many who lost loved ones that day as well as my fellow New Yorkers who cannot remove the images of that day from their memory.
I read all the opinions and theories on the Internet to what happened that day. I can tell you , as one who watched it with my own eyes, what did happen.
Strangely when I do try to talk about this day with those who were not there – they do not want to listen. Instead they want to tell me how it was . Interesting concept since I was standing there watching it take place and they were either hundreds some thousands of miles away at the time.
Years ago on one of the 911 memorial days I sat in a Yahoo chat room filled with people from all over the country who were discussing 911. One of the chatters interrupted the regular users of the voice option to tell the chat room that two survivors, two New Yorkers were in the chat room.
The chat room full of people were asked if they had any questions for the two people who saw it happen, lived through the disaster and knew exactly what took place. To my astonishment this information was completely ignored. Not only were no questions asked, the fact they were there was completely ignored .
What did take place was a few hours of each fool in that chat room getting up on the voice option to give a long emotional account of where “THEY” where when it happened. If I heard one more I was driving in my car to work, or enjoying my breakfast when I saw it on the news, I think I would have exploded. What about the two people who stood there as the towers fell on top of them. How about asking them what it was like to live through?
The cold disrespect and obvious lack of wanting to hear an eye witness account of this disaster was an eye opening lesson for me concerning how mankind was going to deal with not only this event but how they intended to treat those who endured one of the worst days in American history. As a New Yorker who stood and watched my own die right in front of my own eyes I can only say that this behavior concerning this event has been a heart break for me ever since.
I watched the planes hit the towers. Along with many other New Yorkers I heard them flying into the city where planes do not fly and watched them slam into the buildings.
I watched the horror of that day as the towers blew into infernos and pancaked down around New York City. New York watched innocent people jump to their deaths rather than burn in the inferno. Others crushed or incinerated inside the collapsing towers.
I watched as the heat of the fire was so great many who jumped high above the street were turned to ash before hitting the ground. I watched as thousand ran crying, stunned and covered in ash from the site as Firefighters and Police ran towards it. I watched it all and I will never ever forget what is burned into my brain forever about the day my country was attacked by animals who kill without cause innocent hard working people for no sane reason.
We all knew hell had come to our city and we were stuck in the worst of times without being guilty of anything other than living our daily lives.
To watch the innocent die as towers as big as a city fall down upon and around you is something that New Yorkers who endured this will never forget. Never until hell freezes over FORGET!
My heart has been hurting for ten years over this tragic day. My fellow humans did NOT make it easier by contriving scenarios that did not take place that day or ideas that seem insane to those who stood there watching , feeling , tasting and smelling it .
Being covered in ash of what once was two enormous towers filled with human beings is a sickness that cannot be described. As our hearts heaved with pain and anguish we could not help wonder if we were hosing off someone’s family member as we tried to rinse the ash from our eyes, faces , hands and arms. Were we spitting out the remains of our loved ones or neighbors ? You have no idea how devastating it was, unless you lived it , you have no idea.
This was a cruel vile act of hatred . This was not a war zone. This was not an area where the population was willing and actively engaged in a ongoing war conflict. This was innocent people, unarmed, unprotected lambs sent without choice to slaughter.
I can only hope you do not forget this day. I can only hope you do not insult , attack or refuse to listen to those who were really there , in real time , living this event . Most of all I can only hope none of you ever forget how innocent working people brutally were attacked by monsters and murdered before our eyes on Sept 11. 2001.
Chris Holly’s Paranormal World