Where Were You On 9-11? A Ct Patriot Remember’s…Do You? Comment Please!


Where Were You On 9-11? A Ct Patriot Remember’s…Do You? Comment Please!

Sept. 11- 2014

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Ct Patriot: I’m not going to go into anything other than my memories of Sept. 11, 2001, Not whats happened since or before. Just that day, the day that seemed to last an eternity. The day I had a deep feeling of sorrow in my gut for those who were murdered that day. Their families, wife’s, husband’s, parent’s, children and all loved ones…

download (5)So… I had gotten to work early on that day, ready to make a few signs as always. No pun intended, I’m a sign maker by trade. I unlocked the shop, turned on all the breakers and greeted my work crew in the morning. By that time i had put Howard Stern on the shop sound system as we always did back when Howard was free. But this day was different, there were no  jokes, or banter. First words I hear ” A plane has just hit the world trade center”. At first i thought maybe an accident? But as the radio show went on it became clear we had been attacked. To give credit where credit is due Howard Stern and his Co-hosts did a very very good job of taking through the falling of the towers. The emotion was so high, the outrage palpable. We could not work, or do anything else but listen to this unfold. The most vivid memory is them explaining in absolute horror as innocent people were jumping to their early deaths to escape the flames…Still makes me so sad and so angry at the same time.

Now just an insight to my relation to NYC. My city Stamford, Ct. is but 28 miles from New York City. My company does a lot of work in the city. Ground Zero was no stranger to us. Our neighbors had been hit, and hit bad. Little did any of us at the time know how many from the local area would be lost that day. For no reason. Just to die.

Fast forward to the end of the Stern program. All of us went from the workshop to the office to see the TV. Still not sure that was a good idea, even though we have been beaten over the head ever since with images of the towers falling. Watching the death over and over til it doesn’t seem real anymore? But this was the first time I had seen it with my own eyes. I wept as I stood there helpless and stunned as to what I was seeing. It was as if Hades had arrived on Earth. I had never felt that way, and have not since. Bet that’s how our grandparent’s the greatest generation felt about Pearl harbor. Seeing the people jump was enough for me. Time to head back to the radio.

images (6)At that time of day it was time to put on the Opie and Anthony Show. Yes, I know. Not who you go to for news. And you don’t go to CNN for dick jokes. All kidding aside it was an amazing show, having both Ant and Opie be native New Yorkers brought a realism you would not have found on national radio. There was even an appearance but windbag Sean Hannity as his studio was down. See everyone came together that day. We were all kinfolk, all family, all New Yorkers. Remember that? Too many of us let that feeling go way too soon. Instead of building on it , we seem to have forgotten.

But I digress, As much as I was rivited to the radio coverage. My heart wasn’t into work. Btw, probably have not left early since.

I was only a dad of one beautiful girl at that time. She was all I could think about. How is she? is she safe? My baby girl was in 1st grade at the time. Had to go to her. So i did. As I arrived at the school I realized quickly I was not alone. So many parents in a state of shock. You could see the need to find their children. To make them safe. Was no different with me, I had a slight panic til i grabbed my angel and got her home.

Then as she played as a little girl should. I sat watching the sad story unfold on TV.

That’s when all 5 years of human experience came to me. Looked up with those innocent eyes. and asked me….

“daddy are those people dying?  I said “yes baby girl they are”

“daddy why is this happening?” a pause then “Why would anyone do this daddy?”

I answered ” I just don’t know baby”   And to be honest I still don’t.

So this dad with no answers just hugged his child and said ” I Love You”

3 Comments

  1. I was at Andrews Air Force Base when the first airliner stuck. Went outside the hangar to tell the napping Air Policemen in their dark blue pick up truck that they should call in. Both looked at me as if I was insane. As the Base APs called the truck and told them to report back to their station immediately!

    A bad day all around. Even worse when the Pentagon was hit. A long day that should have ended at 3:45pm ended at around 8:15pm, With even more chaos getting back on base the following day.

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    • Thank you for your comments. I’d like to hear more from you. Like what was the talk on the base? Did you lose anyone?

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  2. I was still living in the Philippines when 9/11. I remembered waking up in the middle of the night and saw my parents watching the news on CNN, so I stayed up with them watching. We couldn’t believe that something like that happened.

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