Remembering September 11, 2001

Memorial

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Like so many others I remember exactly where I was when I heard of the planes hitting the towers at the World Trade Center. We had gathered in the cafeteria at Compaq Computer in Marlboro, MA to watch the news on TV. Much to our collective horror we saw the second plane strike.

“Okay, my name is Betty Ong. I’m [Flight Attendant] Number 3 on Flight 11. Our Number 1 got stabbed. Our purser is stabbed. Nobody knows who stabbed who and we can’t even get up to business class right now because nobody can breathe. And we can’t get to the cockpit, the door won’t open.”
Flight attendantBetty Ong to the American Airlines emergency line
Bell Island
My cousin Chris Poltrack at Rocky Point on Bell Island in Norwalk, CT. On a clear day the New York City skyline is clearly visible. That was the case on September 11th when the smoke could be seen coming from the twin towers.
World Trade Center Cross
The World Trade Center cross was a metal beam found in the debris following the attacks. This photo was taken in May of 2011. In July the cross was moved to its permanent location at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
Freedom Tower
Construction of the “Freedom Tower” in May of 2011. The official legal name is now “One World Trade Center”
Memorial Wall
Memorial Wall for New York Firefighters killed when the towers collapsed.
My cousins had a rental in Truro Cape Cod. The owners had constructed a memorial rock garden for the victims of Flight 11.
John Ogonowski
A list of the 92 fatalities of American Airlines Flight 11. My son is pointing at the name of the pilot. John Ogonowski was a leading advocate on behalf of farming in Massachusetts, particularly in aiding immigrant farmers from Cambodia, whom he assisted as part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Betty Ong was flight attendant who relayed the hijacking news to the airline reservation center.
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One thought on “Remembering September 11, 2001

  1. A horrendous calamity! thanks, John.

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