9/11 and Firefighters, The day the world stood still

9/11 and Firefighters, where do I start? I guess everyone still knows after all those years where you were on September 11, 2001. I, for sure, do know!

It was just before 3 pm (because of time difference) over here in the Netherlands. We had a significant home improvement and I was making some drinks for the workmen when my eye caught the TV.

I thought they were talking about a new movie, but then I realized it was the news. An airplane had flown into the Northern Tower of the World Trade Center. I couldn’t think right as I was devastated by what I saw and heard on TV. I immediately called WJ at his work if he had listened to the news, and during that call, a second airplane flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

The pictures on TV were horrid as we saw the Towers collapse. Many innocent people, firefighters, police, rescue workers, lost their lives that day and in the following weeks, months, and even years because of the ongoing health impact.

In shock & tears

The days following, I was glued to the TV. Mostly in shock, often in tears, devastated by the news, the interviews, pictures and videos shown on tv. I had so many questions, as the whole world did too. Who did this? Who are these crazy people? Why did they do this? WHY, WHY, WHY?

I love the USA, all the American people, and everything that comes with it. I see it as my second homeland. That’s why it hurt so much.

September 15, millions of Europeans observed a moment of silence in memory of the terror attacks victims in New York and Washington. Among the 2.977 victims were 412 emergency workers, of which 343 Firefighters.

Of course, WJ, I, and our three sons also had a moment of silence and the workmen who still worked on the house had to come inside and pay respect too.

As we had visited the Twin Towers years before the attack (1989), we knew what enormous buildings they were and how high. Hundreds of Firefighters, Police officers and Volunteers were still searching for months if they could find any remains. They are true heroes not only to me but to the whole nation.

Even though I am not an American, I will honor them till the day I die.

Ground Zero and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

December 2008, we were in New York again and saw what was leftover from Twin Towers (Ground Zero). It was terrible to see and could not even imagine how horrific it must have been. By then, they had started to build (2006) the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

In May 2019, we were in New York again and visited The 9/11 Memorial & Museum. The Memorial is a park at street level above the Memorial Museum. It consists of a field of trees interrupted by two large recessed pools ( the footprints of twin towers ) with waterfalls. The victims’ names are inscribed on the waterfalls’ parapets in an arrangement of “meaningful adjoining.

The 9/11 Museum tells the story of 9/11 through media, personal stories, and a collection of monumental and authentic objects, presenting visitors with personal information of loss, recovery, and hope. Visiting this impressive museum was very emotional for both of us. The fact that we actually walked around in the “old buildings” underground basements makes you relive the tragedy.

We also went to One World Trade Center (Freedom Tower). Standing as a shining beacon for the new Downtown and bold addition to the skyline. It is the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building: 1,776 feet high (104 Stories) and already an iconic New York landmark

These three places have had the most impact I have ever felt after visiting a memorial/museum.


Honoring the true HERO's

Once again, you showed the world how SUPERB you are and how BRAVE men & women act.
You are the HERO’S of the world.
You have come back even stronger than before.
I feel so grateful and honored to have visited your Beautiful Country with its Amazing people for so many years and I hope I will be blessed to keep doing that.

At the end of my, “9/11 and Firefighters” blog, I want all of you to know that it makes me humble that through our unique mirrors we are able to honor Firefighters, Police officers, and all Military because they are the TRUE HERO’s of life.

A BIG HUG to all of you and please STAY SAFE,

Twin Towers Memorial - New York
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Memorial Column Rescue Workers