September 11, 2010

wtc-facade4

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.

wtc-ambulance1

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.

wtc-firemendebrisap

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.

wtc-ediifice1-af

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.

wtc_tribute1

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……………..

wtc-border2

wtc-border24

wtc-border4

wtc-border5

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.

wtc-before-afterd

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?

wtc-border1

31 Responses to “September 11, 2010”

  1. Leticia says:

    Beautiful tribute. I will be posting my own Friday and through the weekend. Tears are coming down after viewing the video.

    I remember that day so vividly. And also for the fact that, that day I was informed that I was pregnant with my second child.

    This day is forever imprinted in my mind.

  2. Debbie says:

    I’ve always thought that standing facade that refused to come down on it’s own, represented the determination of New York, of this nation, of Americans to never give up, to keep fighting, keep standing.

    I sure wish they had rebuilt those towers immediately, rebuilt them the same, only BIGGER and taller and stronger.

  3. William Stout says:

    Hatred brought terror to our shores that day. It was a multi-dimensional hatred that encompassed what it meant to be an American. It was a hatred of our freedom, a hatred for our culture, a hatred for our traditions, and a hatred for our care and attention to our fellow man. Islam is not and never was a religion of peace and tolerance, but one of bloodshed, conquest, and betrayal.

    For those of us who love this land, that day is forever seared in our memory. America was wounded, but the American spirit was still whole. We pulled together as a nation and began searching for survivors and to recover our dead. Some say that we overreacted. I say that those people do not know what they are talking about because the last time that somebody did this to us we destroyed two cities in a nuclear inferno in response. I believe that the American response has been far less than it should have been, but that is ultimately a question of policy.

    The truth is that such wounds never heal, at least not for those who witnessed the event and the terrible aftermath in the days and weeks that followed. You just learn to live with it. As for my fellow Americans who perished on that day, I still remember them in my prayers and I hope that they have found peace on the other side.

  4. Quite Rightly says:

    Angel, may you be inscribed in the Book of Life.

  5. jadedfellow says:

    Some of my memories of 9-11 still survive.

    The radio was on as I getting the children ready for school and all of a sudden time stopped. I went numb and the next few hours are a blur. I got to work with radios on, the office was tuned into the internet and we set up televisions just trying to figure out what was happening. Being 3,000 miles away did not matter, it happened in my backyard and the people in the middle of it all were fellow Americans and I felt helpless to do anything. All I could do was try to find out what was going on.

    At some point it became clear what had occurred, and I flew into a rage of fury. “Find those who were behind what happened and nuke them”, ran thru my mind and out of my mouth over and over. I know I startled alot of people with my reactions, but tough, I was pissed and I still am.

    Craig Morgan has a song, “This Ain’t Nothing”. Sometimes when I listen to it I think what I felt ain’t nothing compared to those who lost their loved ones in the collapse, those who rushed in to save any who might be surviving in a no win situation, those who could only stand and watch in confusion and disbelief, those who’s hearts will stop beating because of the things that were inhaled as they were trying to help and those who were called to console and support.

    Hopefully this Aint’ Nothing when I thank you Angel and all your faithfull followers for not forgetting that what happened still matters and time cannot be allowed to erase it.

    It is something to be forever remembered.

  6. cube says:

    That was a very nice tribute. Hard to watch through tears though.

  7. Matt says:

    Angel, that is really touching. I can only imagine how it was to actually be there. God bless you, and all the others involved.

  8. The Constitutional Crusader says:

    Wow. Great post, Angel. I’m still trying to decide how I’m going to honor those who fell, but I’ll find some way to do so. I usually drive with my headlights on that day, as we all did when the attack occured, but somehow that doesn’t seem like enough this year.

  9. dapoppins says:

    It just so happens that I will be taking a CPR class this year, and I think, after that, in memory, I will go and donate blood.

  10. Claudia says:

    I’m not a US national and I really remember it well. Here it was lunch time and the streets were deserted, everybody watching on telly (at home, in their offices or in bars or cafés) the horrible images. Everybody was so shocked, it was almost like watching a film, though everyone knew it was real.

    Over-reacting, my ass… :(

  11. Nickie Goomba says:

    I will never forget. Those images are burned into my memory.

  12. carol-Christian Soldier says:

    IDEA!!–how about if the “peaceful” muslims here in the US gather $$$ and rebuild the WTC site-with 3 buildings! (NO mosque)!!! Now THAT would show their “good will”..
    C-CS

  13. MK says:

    We will not forget, all those innocents murdered by muslim terrorists.

  14. slamdunk says:

    Thanks for keeping this issue on the forefront–where it should be. We can’t forget.

  15. Mr. Shife says:

    A lovely tribute. Never forget and we definitely did not over react. Take care Angel and thanks again for sharing all of this good information.

  16. Brooke says:

    We must never, ever forget the pain of that day, no matter how much time passes.

  17. Kid says:

    Thanks Woman.

    No forgetting here. No give. Hopefully, we’re just getting started in regard to September 11, 2001.

  18. Always On Watch says:


    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.


    And that symbolism isn’t lost on the Moslems either — yet another reason for the push to build the Ground Zero Mosque.

    Never forget, never forgive Islam, which bred the 9/11 terrorists.

  19. Paul Champagne says:

    Can you imagine being at the memorial when it opens, quietly reflecting on what occured that awful day … and you hear the Islamic Call To Prayer from the mosque only 200 feet away?

    Talk about never forgetting!!!

  20. silverfiddle says:

    Wonderful Tribute, Angel.

    That so many muslims and their liberal American apologists would be surprised at how offensive their mosque idea is just shows how culturally insensitive they really are.

  21. Bunkerville says:

    So well done- thanks so much!

  22. Karen Howes says:

    May we NEVER FORGET!

  23. Mustang says:

    Most Americans no longer remember Pearl Harbor Day. We also see this trend surrounding 9/11 —and this is simply a trend among those who actually think 9/11 was a Moslem attack upon the United States of America. For all others, nitwits who think it was an inside job, or America’s fault, or simply a misunderstanding between friends (the Obama argument), it is necessary to set aside one day to remember what happened on 11 September 2001; if we don’t do that, then our corporate memory will expire in the next five minutes. As a people, we are that stupid; and I think this is true because otherwise, we would not put up with Moslems getting in our face, telling us that those 19 hijackers weren’t really Moslems, that the Victory Mosque isn’t really a mosque, and then threatening us with an “explosive result” if we don’t roll over to the will of Allah.

    For me, that will never happen. Never. Islam can go to hell.

  24. z says:

    I HOPE we will NEVER SUBMIT. So far, not so good.

  25. Ron Russell says:

    Great tribute Angel! We must never forget those who fell that day and the reason we were attacked by radical religious fanatics and the religion that spawned them.

  26. Defiant_Infidel says:

    Your always complete and honoring effort on this saddest of American memorials, Angel. Thanks so much for being one of those for whom this day will never be ordinary or mundane. There is no such thing as “getting over” this decimation of innocent souls… nor should there ever be.

    God bless.

  27. heidianne jackson says:

    the most enduring symbolism of the horror for you is also the most enduring symbolism of the abject failure of their plan to decimate america. you are a shining beacon for our nation, dear angel, just as surely as those lights in the sky at ground zero. thank you for your voice and your unwavering belief in our country and her people.

  28. Maggie M. Thornton says:

    Angel, thank you for sharing your memories of the sadness and of the courage. You are the only person I know that was there in the aftermath. Bless you for being the sweet caretaker of heartbreak and valor.

  29. rimma@israel says:

    when i saw this pictures i told myself-beautiful, is it a cartoon? but when i realised what i see…just shok

  30. Angel says:

    THANK YOU ALL SWEET FRIENDS FOR THE BEAUTIFUL SUPPORT AND INPUT..GOD BLESS YOU ALL :)

  31. KarL M says:

    Thank YOU Angel…
    for keeping the fires burning…and not allowing us to forget the unforgettable….We will win this fight….