Tuesday, September 11, 2012

11th Anniversary Of September 11, 2001 World Trade Center Tower Attack - Do You Remember?

Here's what the World Trade Center attacks looked like from Roosevelt Island on September 11, 2001.

Main Street WIRE Image Of Smoke From World Trade Center Attack by Vicki Feinmel/Linda Heimer

Below is the Roosevelt Island 9/11 Remembrance Garden

Images of Roosevelt Island's Remembrance Garden

and the plaque that honors those Roosevelt Islanders who died in the terrorist attack:
Ed Beyea,
Anthony J. Fallone,
Taimour Khan,
Scott Larsen,
Kevin J. Smith and the firefighters who were based on Roosevelt Island
Deputy Chief Ray Downey,
Deputy Chief Charlie Kasper,
Battalion Chief John Moran, and
Battalion Chief John Paolillo.

In previous years, the Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) and Roosevelt Island Residents Associations (RIRA) jointly held an annual 9/11 Memorial Service on the anniversary of that terrible day. But not this year. During the September RIRA Common Council Meeting, it was announced that last year's 10th Anniversary 9/11 Remembrance was the last one but it was unclear who made that decision (The NY Times has an article today on communities scaling back there 9/11 Commemorations this year).

Here's more on the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks from previous posts including this memory from Roosevelt Island Historical Society President Judy Berdy:
It was a time that we all just came together. At some point we went to the firehouse and found the firefighters had no fresh food. We went to Gristedes and got them some food. Some folks put up signs in the elevators of the apt. houses and soon the firehouse was overwhelmed by generous islanders. It was such a show of gererousity. One day we went by and the new equipment was pouring in from all over the country.

The islanders seemed to all be in Trellis. No one wanted to go home. We all knew the victims. It was our family.

We put a table out on the Saturday after the event and had posterboard and markers for people to write their thoughts. We bought 4 sheets of posterboard and ended up with 13 sheets, that hung in the store windows afterwards....
and a first hand, moment by moment view of the attack. Be advised, that this video is very disturbing so you may not want to watch it.

You Tube Video Of 9/11 World Trade Center Attack

What an awful day.


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