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In Memoriam

I’ve been very busy over the past few days, but I wanted to make sure I posted a remembrance post for those who died on September 11th. I can’t believe it’s already 9 years since the terrorist attacks. I (as I’m sure everyone can) remember exactly my reaction and where I was on that Tuesday morning and the terrifying aftermath that followed it. I was working as a library assistant at the time and I remember a colleague telling me what was unfolding. I didn’t believe her at all initially and went on to the internet to see for myself. The internet was down as the servers had crashed with everyone attempting to access the news. Work halted and everyone surrounded the tv in the video library watching in stunned silence as the news footage played. There was a sense of utter disbelief.

Nine years on and that feeling still remains for me. The scale of what happened was so unprecedented and unforeseen, it seemed unimaginable that something like this could happen. Whatever the intent of the terrorists actions, they may not have accounted for what happened during the course of events during and immediately after the attacks. Unity. Rescuers worked tirelessly and determinedly sought out unlikely survivors. Families came together in hope. Strangers lent a helping hand to one another. I hadn’t been to New York prior to 2001, but I made my first trip there in 2006 and then again in 2008. Even then in 2006, five years on, I felt a palpable sense of community in such a large city. The residents and workers in the city appeared to have formed a bond with one another and the city in itself. Quite remarkable.

So, now 9 years on, we remember those harrowing events and the men and women who lost their lives. God bless, you will not be forgotten.

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