Remembering 09/11/2001 – Yes, I remember vividly the events of September 11, 2001. I was working at my office in Davie, Florida with a small computer company called NINTECH, which my friend Frank and I founded. He was in New York for the Michael Jackson concert and I was working at the office with the guys trying to get them ready for the day.
Yes, I know I am little late with the 9/11 tribute but I just went through Hurricane Irma and had no power nor cable to connect to for the last couple of days, so please forgive me.
Here is what I remember from that day.
I was in the office by 8:00am minding my own business and trying to get the guys on the road, I was working at a computer company that my friend Frank and I built together in Davie, Florida. My friend and business partner, Frank was in New York at the time, or better yet in Stamford, CT, as he attended the final Michael Jackson concert the night before. He called me up and told me to put on the news and that a airplane just hit one of the towers in New York City. I said to told him that he was crazy and to leave me alone because I was trying to run the company and to make sure the guys were all taken care of with their proper tools and equipment, and I hung up the phone. He called me again and told me to put on the news and I finally did.
He was right. Me and the guys stood around the television and couldn’t believe what was unfolding in New York. Then we saw the 2nd plane hit the other towers and we were in shock. Frank meanwhile saw everything from the backyard of the house he was staying in Stamford. He told us to call our customers and cancel everything and go home. We all decided to go home to our families and watch everything from home. The rest of the day was watching CNN news coverage of the events.
Today marks the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, that toppled both towers of the World Trade Center in New York, left gaping holes in the side of the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, PA, and cost the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans.
The United States has always shown resilience in adversity, and the days, weeks, and months following September 11 were no different. Everyday activities resumed, baseball and football seasons picked back up after a brief pause, and the country got back on its feet. Makeshift memorials went up across the country. Soon plans were made for permanent memorials at all three crash sites. The damaged Pentagon was repaired and the memorial opened on September 11, 2008. Preparations began for a memorial in Shanksville, with phase one dedicated on September 10, 2011, and a permanent memorial and museum honoring the World Trade Center victims opened exactly ten years after the attack, on September 11, 2011, on the site where the twin towers originally stood.
In what many consider the strongest sign of American resilience, the new 104-story One World Trade Center opened in 2014, soaring high above the Manhattan skyline at a symbolic 1,776 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the western hemisphere.
September 11, 2001: We will never forget.