100 feet tall, 80 feet wide.
The World Trade Center facade.
A stubborn, resilient symbol of what the terrorists could not bring down.
9 stories of the World Trade Center’s North Tower bravely stood in the rubble all the while workers recovered bodies and cleared the Pit of the ruins.
I was there at the Pit, the night the workers brought the latticework facade down. It was December 2001, a night seared in my memory forever.
I gazed at what appeared to be a steel skeleton, molten, mangled and laden with debris.
I watched in awe as the ironworkers, who handled body parts and blow-torches, carefully melted what was once the most powerful edifice in the world.
Most of the men I worked alongside of, worked 20-hour days. They would go home to shower, sleep perhaps an hour and return to “the Pile” to continue “clearing it.”
To this day no one knows what contaminants were inhaled.
Silica, gypsum, polyvinyl chlorides, benzene, fiberglass, and asbestos just to name a few.
Relatives of the victims ask that one day the steel columns be returned to Ground Zero to become part of a Memorial.
The surviving columns, were devastatingly symbolic to me.
Like some of us, they remain the most enduring image of the Twin Towers’ destruction.
They were bent and leaning, but they never fell. Stubbornly surviving and standing, despite the devastation all around.
Where ever you are sweet friends, on September 11th..I am sure you will observe the first moment of silence, along with us in New York City– at 8:46 A.M.
The “Tribute in Light” will return at sundown to light the New York City skyline, which still has a gaping hole as far as I am concerned.
May the Good Lord bless each and every one of you sweet friends and Happy, healthy Jewish New Year.
In loving memory of stolen, precious lives……………..
NO. WE WILL NOT SUBMIT.
Muslims stole nearly 3,000 innocent souls from the American family and decapitated the most stunning and powerful skyline man ever built.
What is the legacy for those I worked alongside?
Flashbacks, nightmares, depression, chronic asthma, chronic cough,and even possibly cancer– from Ground Zero.
How many invisible walking wounded from September 11th are amidst us sweet friends?