This Blew Me Away!
October 9, 2019 2:06pm CST
I’m fasting for our high holy day, Yom Kippur. Being weak and tired, I looked up some information on Wikipedia for the firm where our older son works in their main office in New York City as Senior Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer in their legal department. He wasn’t working at this firm during 9/11, but I was blown away what I read on Wikipedia! “At the time of the 2001 September 11 attacks in the United States, the corporation held offices on eight floors, 93 to 100, of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. When American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the building, its offices spanned the entire impact zone, floors 93 to 99. Everybody present in the company's offices on the day of the attack died as all stairwells at impact zone were destroyed or blocked by the crash; the firm lost 295 employees and 66 contractors”. I’m not sure if he knows this. ~Photo of his building courtesy of Wikipedia~
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• Manchester, England
I remember watching this unfold via internet news sites. There was no work done that day. I bet there are many people with stories of how they were lucky not to have been involved and tragically many who wouldn't have normally been there but for some reason out of the ordinary were there. It's still heartbreaking to think of all those lives pointlessly lost even though it was quite some time ago.
• United States
@DianneN my daughter worked in Manhattan at the time and the day before she was there for a meeting. She was back in her office mid-town on 9/11 but had to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge to get out of the city. It certainly was a horrible day for all of us and I can still get emotional when I think about it.
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I am so relieved your son and future daughter in law are okay. I remember daddy calling me from work to put on the TV as history was being made, It upset me too much so refused to watch It. Daddy was glued to the TV when he would get home each night watching about it my cousin is a lawyer in Florida and was in a meeting with somebody who worked in one of towers with the TV on muted in the background and the person worked in the towers but watched his law firm be destroyed in the attack my sister was in southern California on business and the airlines wouldn't fly her home so she took a bus cross country as she wanted to get home as soon as possible
• Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
I'm sure he does--they still talk and give all the facts and figures all over Manhattan, which in a way, is good! Regarding fasting for Yom Kippur I wish I was a kid again when my mom sent me and my brother to the movies where we could get popcorn and candy and the neighbors wouldn't know---except their kids were there also!
• United States
Thank goodness, although he started his career the day before and saw the first plane hit from the building he was in. No water, no coffee, no nothing. We will break the fast in a few minutes when our guests arrive. I can’t wait. I’m starving!