In memory of all those lost on 9/11. Exactly 8 years ago at 8:46 am New York city was normal until flight 11 hit the north tower. I was on west street during the attack see my cousin was in from maine he is a lobster fisherman and I was at his dads apartment talking to him. Now manhattan is restricted air space because there are so many high rises so you never hear planes that loud. There are helicopters but not planes. Now west street ran on the west side of the trade center and I was about 4 blocks away from the trade center on 9/11. Well once we heard the plane we looked up and couldn’t see any plane because it had hit on the other side of the north tower. Then we heard the sirens about 1 minute later. As you looked into the streets you saw thousands of people just watching all looking at the same thing because now you could see the smoke. Now as engine and each ladder came up to the trade center I just stood there and watched. now about 9:00 we had gone out of the building and we were out on the street. Like most new yorkers we wanted to see what was going on. Now I saw every single firefighter looking up as they got off the rig and I have never seen that before. – Now it seemed like forever but then we heard a second plane and I looked at my uncle and said holy shit now I was five at the time and that was the first time I had ever said that. Then we new we were under attack. I have never seen him so scared in his life and the worst part about it was that my dad was in Brooklyn working. Now in the streets there were people who were every race speaking hundreds of different languages and they were all looking at the same thing. Now the more injured people were coming out of the north tower and people were also comming out of the south tower. Now there was that noise that I will never forget until the day I die jumpers. People were jumping out of the building from and 110 story office building. Now every time you heard that thud and boom. Its a hard thing to describe to someone who wasnt there but its was like nothing people dieing like its nothing this was happening every few seconds. I remember my uncle saying how bad is it that people have to jump. Now where I grew up people got shot and stabed and rapped all the time but this was different this wasnt a gang war or you had beef with someone else. We were all under attack. Then we just stood there which felt like hours watching then there was this huge roar and we looked up and smoke came out from the sides of the south tower and it was almost like it was detnating like boom boom boom like that my uncle picked my up and ran. At that point 121 firefighters were killed. We ran about 2 or 3 blocks before the smoke caught up with us and he covered my face. Then we tried to get back into the apartment building but nypd would not let us because it had been damaged. Now my cousin says to his dad this is the first time you havent ran or cussed at the cops.Later we heard the same noise that we did with the south tower. And then the north tower came down. 222 firefighters are killed. Now I remember the cable t.v going out in the deli we had gone to when we heard the roar because the north tower had a big antenna on the top of it for cable t.v. No im not going to put my opinion in this but there were bombs in it because you could see the smoke comming out the sides and you could tell. Now I was trying to get back into brooklyn but you couldnt get in or out of the city. On that day we lost 2,974 just doing their jobs in the north and south towers. Of those 343 fdny and 72 nypd and port authority cops. Now There were signs EVERYWHERE in manhattan for about the rest of september of people looking for someone. Many of the companies from southern Manhattan were the first ones at the trade center and there rigs were crushed under the debris. But I will never forget that day even though I was 5 something like that you dont forget. Every New Yorker lost something that day didnt matter if you were a gang banger a businessman, someone who worked in the finical district, a cop, it didnt matter who ever you were we all lost something on that day. But worse of all we lost 343 firefighters doing there job. Without them there would not have been 2,947 people dead there would have been a lot more. Now to this day members of the FDNY still have problems because of people they knew who died.On that day they lost 343 members of that family called the Fire Department city of New York the greatest fire department in the world. Now most people are probably think how would a 5 year old remember this well let me tell you something its not something you forget.
-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/