One of the most significant incidents to happen in modern history and one of only two events that i can honestly say that I remember exactly where I was when it happened, i had been on Night shift and woken up and put the TV on and the first tower was smoking watched it from there. The second event i Can place myself was the Dunblane Massacre it hit home mainly due to the fact that i live in Scotland and i was off during the day at that point working in the evenings.
i have to say at the time while I felt terrible for the people affected i have to be honest and say that it did not really affect me emotionally at the time. However I have since been to New York, (April 2008) and have to say that going to ground Zero was actually quite intense, they have the globe from the lobby in it's current state and you just wonder the hell that it must have been to have been there.
The reason I feel compelled to write something down was that last night i watched a documentary from the History channel called 102 Minutes That Changed America. It is un-narrated and is simply footage from that day, home footage and news films from all angles including the second explosion. All i can say that 8 years on i felt their fear for their lives and their loved ones. Also their admiration for the rescue services NYFD and NYPD and the ambulance services the work those guys and girls did in the cities time of need while must of felt like putting a sticking plaster on an amputated limb the fact that they continued to work to save those trapped and the injured and at the last to make sure that they got as many people away from the area at the end when the second tower came down.
I have to say that my respect for the resilience of the New york people is amazing and the only anger I have is that when you stop at ground zero they tell you not to buy pictures as they are simply hustlers trying to make a buck and it upsets me that people will try ans make money off of anything.
Anyway I just wanted to note that I have total respect for the survivors of 9/11 and the rescue service men and women that serve every day and if you get the chance it is a fantastic city to visit when given the opportunity.