September 11th 2001, where were you on that day?

September 11th 2001, where were you on that day?
Welcome to episode #285 of dHarmic Evolution

Chances are that you know of someone who was in some way affected by the 9/11 terror attacks launched by Al Qaeda in 2001.

Where were you on that day? I for one, remember in complete detail all the events for that day.

I was at a seminar in a hotel conference hall that was filled to the brim with people.

I’m not very sure what the person in charge was teaching about, but I clearly remember someone walking in and began doing a play by play of what was happening in downtown Manhattan.

It all felt so surreal. With 2,977 dead, 25,000 injured, September 11th, 2001 was undoubtedly a horrible nightmare for almost all Americans and our allies and friends throughout the world.

Remembering the survivors.

We have details of the first responders and witnesses over what happened on that day. We, however, don’t have as many details from the families on how the experience was for them.

What has been able to help us understand these scenes from the victims’ perspective are the phone calls that were made between the people trapped in the building and their families.

Technology still hadn’t evolved as much as it has today, and phones played a very crucial role in how the events of that day played out.

For example, The united airlines’ flight 93 which was also hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists, and was initially intended to blast into the Capitol building crashed into a field in Pennsylvania when the passengers and crew tried to regain control of it after getting phone calls from their family members over what had just occurred in New York.

The value of family

Looking back at the whole incident, and also through the phone calls that were made on that day. One can’t help but appreciate the value of family.

Unfortunately, so many of us take our families for granted, up until it’s too late, and we no longer have the time or resources to be with them.

Be grateful for the family you have. So many people out there would give anything to be with their loved ones who have been taken away from them. If you’re one of the lucky few who still has a family by your side, then be with them before it’s too late for you too.

The Tribute in Light

The two columns which are lit up every year on September 11 from the ground upwards (replicating the structure of the Twin Towers that were destroyed) won’t be projected this year.

Commonly known as the tribute in light, the event has been canceled this year, following concerns brought by the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of the projections, the National September 11 museum is planning to host an alternative event that will involve buildings across the city illuminating their structures with blue lights.

Timestamps

02:42 Moment of silence for the 9/11 attacks
03:52 How I spent my day on 9/11
05:21 Remembering the first responders
06:35 What the 9/11 survivors experienced.
09:09 Flight 93
10:53 Appreciate the value of family
13:09 The annual blue lights ceremony
21:09 Listen to Speak to me


Selected links

The New York Times – 9/11 Light Tribute to Take Different Shape
History.com – Flight 93
Reel Truth History Documentaries – 9/11: Phone Calls from People Trapped in the Towers | 911 Documentary
NY Mag – 9/11 by the Numbers

Speak to Me by James Kevin O’Connor

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