9.11.01 – Ten Years Later

I was working at a Real Estate Law Firm just North of Dallas and had just dropped Pepper and Jake off at school and day care. I remember listening to the radio as I drove as though it were any other day. Once I arrived at work, it was still relatively early and the firm was still a bit empty. As more people began to file into the building reports began to pour in about the initial attack on the towers. We went into the break rooms and pulled in extra televisions to watch the Breaking News reports.

We were watching as the second plane flew into the building. My heart sank. I called SuperDad and we talked about what was happening. I wanted nothing more than to get my kids and go home. I wanted to hold them and never let go. Not much work was accomplished that day and we were all let go early. I ran to my children and hugged them tightly before going home to watch more and more news reports.

  • Flight 77 crashed into Pentagon at 9:37am.
  • After burning for 56 minutes, the south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed at 9:59 a.m. The fall, which killed approximately 600 workers and first responders, lasted 10 seconds.
  • United Flight 93 crashed at 10:03 a.m. in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and potentially saved 100’s of lives.
  • At 10:28 a.m., after burning for 102 minutes, the north tower of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed, killing approximately 1,400 people.
  • Hours after the attacks that morning, the 47-story 7 World Trade Center building collapsed from ancillary damage. No one was in the building at the time.

It all seemed surreal and the tears were never ending. The stories of countless heroes and unforgettable numbers of lives lost. The skies were empty and every plane that flew over in the following weeks were looked upon with fear. Opening a letter became a threatening event due to anthrax scares. Our nation as we knew it was forever changed. Ten years later the memories remain and the fight for justice is still ongoing.


Never Forget

  • Total number killed in attacks {official figure as of 9/5/02}: 2,819
  • Number of firefighters and paramedics killed: 343
  • Number of NYPD officers: 23
  • Number of Port Authority police officers: 37
  • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
  • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
  • Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
  • Number of people who died on American Airlines flight 11: 92
  • Number of people who died on United Airlines flight 175: 65
  • Number of people who died on United Airlines Flight 93: 45
  • Number of people who died on American Airlines flight 77: 64
  • Number of peole killed in the Pentagon: 125
  • Number of survivors rescued from Ground Zero: 0
  • Number of U.S. troops killed in Operation Enduring Freedom: 2,613 {as of August 27, 2011}
  • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
  • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
  • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
  • Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
In an act of remembrance for those lost on 9/11/2001, leave a comment with the place and city where you were 10 years ago today when you heard the news.