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Remembering 9/11

7 Years ago today I was working in Stamford, CT as a computer programmer. It was a beautiful September Day.

I went through my normal morning ritual of getting coffee and breakfast. Talking with co-workers.

Shortly after actually getting started with actual work, my friend Bob sent me an instant message. He said that an airplane just hit the World Trade Center. At first, I thought he must be joking.

After he convinced me it really happened, I figured it must have been a small private plane. But then everyone around me was talking about it. As I joined the fray, I found out it was a commercial passenger jet.

A few minutes later we heard the news that another jet hit the other tower. I remember thinking ‘Oh my God, we are under attack’.

They quickly setup televisions in our the conference room. Slowly but surely, the entire company of several hundred people filled the room. We watched in horror as those now infamous video’s were happening live, right in front of us.

About 30 minutes later we learned another plane went into the Pentagon. Even later we learned that the fourth plane crashed before it reached it’s destination; The White House. Nothing happened that day at work for us or anywhere else as the entire country watched this tragedy unfold before our very eyes, less than 40 miles away.

I can still hear the gasps as the first tower collapsed on itself. It was at that point someone mentioned that our friend and former co-worker worked on the top floors of tower 1 at Cantor Fitzgerald . He had only recently started his new job. We hoped and prayed that he got out in time. Sadly, he did not make it out.

Later that afternoon I went down to the beach close by where we could see the New York skyline on a clear day. I stood in silence with others. It was surreal to see this new, changed skyline.

7 Years later I still remember this as if it was yesterday. Where I was, how I felt, what I witnessed. I still feel those same chills to this day when I see that skyline. It is still so hard to believe.

As I am writing these thoughts I am listening to the memorial service on TV.  It is still very strange to see ground zero.  I drove right by it about 2 months ago.  It still makes me take pause and reflect on my own life and think about those lost.

I wanted to share my story with you today.  If you would like to share yours, please post a comment here.

Ed, I am thinking of you today. I have not forgotten you and how kind you were to me and everyone you came in contact with. I miss you my friend.

Mike Brooks


One Response

  1. Wonderful post.

    Today is a sad day for everybody. I was in Manhattan just one month ago. It was, probably, one of the best experiences in my life. But, unfortunately, the World Trade Center wasn’t there. It was an unforgettable moment.
    Greetings from Madrid, Spain.

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