Thursday, September 10, 2015 – The Day Before The World Forever Changed


Thursday, September 10, 2015 – The Day Before The World Forever Changed

Tomorrow when you wake up and realize it is September 11, your first thought will be “where was I?” at 8:46 AM that morning fourteen years ago.

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Taken from The Hudson River – check out the tug boat at the bottom left for an idea of the size. The photograph is actually in color (look at the building to the right of the second tower), but shooting into the sun gives a silhouetted look. This photograph, with the caption, is copyrighted by me.

According to the established time line for that morning – At 8:46:30 American Airlines Flight 11 crashed at roughly 466 mph (790 km/h or 219m/s or 425 knots) into the north face of the North Tower (1 WTC) of the World Trade Center, between floors 93 and 99.

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Another view of the towers from The Hudson.

My second thought will be: I was in the air on an American Airlines flight returning to Texas from Tampa, Florida. It could have been my flight. Tampa would later be revealed as a possible terrorist training ground.

In going through boxes I found two boxes of 35mm slides from my first trip to New York City in 1986. I share these three photographs with you today as a reminder of those who sacrificed their lives that day and for those who sacrifice their lives on a daily basis for our freedom.

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Taken from a helicopter. Look slightly to the right and you can see Liberty Island.

3 responses to “Thursday, September 10, 2015 – The Day Before The World Forever Changed

  1. Thanks. These made me feel again the reverence I felt.

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  2. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! I remember your being on a flight and it was detained in New Orleans instead of Houston. All aboard wondered why. You had to catch a ride with a complete stranger going to Dallas as all flights were grounded and all rent cars were taken by the time you got to the front of the line. Our nation will never be quite the same. Again, GOD BLESS AMERICIA.

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  3. The night before was really like any other night. Sleeping tight not really realizing how special life is in the USA. The morning after broke my heart, called me to action and awakened a gratitude that will forever remain.
    For all who live in this great country and call it home I rejoice in our freedom. May we never take for granted what it means to pledge alligence to the red, white and blue. Never forget!

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