posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 04:35 PM
At the time, I was an Account Manager for a retail software company (we had a program businesses used to run things).
One of my co-workers, a former career Israeli military man, often listened to news radio while he worked. We were good friends at work, and often
discussed politics, etc.
He called me in to hear it, when the first plane hit the tower.
Of course, we were both in shock. Initially, there's the wonder..."was it an accident?" We both didn't think so.
I quickly got out the TV we used for training videos, and rigged a quick coat hanger antenna...(back then, you could do such a thing). We got in a
station clearly, and thought we were watching a replay, when in fact, what we had seen, was the second plane hitting the building.
I turned to him and said, "We just witnessed the first attacks of World War III". He just nodded gravely.
The rest of the day was sheer confusion. Those who weren't there don't remember, but there was a LOT of wrong information flying around even through
official channels. We didn't know who to believe. Reports of several planes down, more buildings...
Then, the footage of the Pentagon smoking.... It was pretty unreal. All thoughts of work had left our minds. We had a client in the WTC...I learned.
They were on lower floors, and got out safely, but it basically put them out of business (we'd soon learn).
Of course, that's nothing compared to when we started seeing more footage of people jumping out of buildings...choosing the quick death of impact
over the painful slow death of being burned or buried alive.
The story about the flight that fought back came out, and there was still a lot of speculation as to whether that really happened, or if we shot it
I remember thinking...I was supposed to fly into NYC that day. Lucky for me, the client had cancelled about a week earlier (not the WTC client), and
wanted to reschedule,
Terrorists of course, were the suspect, and OBL (due to his earlier attempts at it) was prime suspect #1.
I remember all of the flights being grounded, then starting back up, and military escorts, etc.
I also remember that for a brief moment, all of our differences disappeared. There was no black or white, etc.,,,just Americans.
We were all foaming at the mouth for some payback too. At the time, most of us would have gladly suggested turning the entire Middle East into a glass
parking lot. (Sad, but it was just how mad we were)...and I'm a guy who's lived there, and known some great people there.
10 years later, and we still have questions we'll never know the answers to.
About a year after the attack, I got the chance to go to NYC. Oddly enough, I flew up for the same client. This time, I had my wife join me,(client
was in north NY). We drove down to NYC on that Sat., and spent the day there.
We saw the subway signs for the WTC stop, still there. We saw ground zero, and the memorials on the church's iron fence. You could really FEEL the
event there...there's just no other way to describe it.