10 Years Later - Lest We Forget

Firstly, I would just like to say I am from England and I didn't know anyone connected to what happened that terrible day in America on 11th, September 2001. Like many millions of people across the world I watched it all happen live on TV. That day in New York and all those horrible events have affected me ever since.

It is now 10 years since the 9/11 attacks in America, and it only seems like yesterday. For several years I have been studying the events of 9/11: looking at images, watching videos, reading articles, and remembering the victims. I feel so sorry for those people who suffered such terror.

What I can't get out of my mind are those people waving from the windows and holes in the WTC, those people who decided to jump from the towers, and those who made phone calls just before they died.

When I hear Melissa Doi's and Betty Ann Ong's telephone calls, I cry. Kevin Cosgrove's desperate 911 call from the South Tower of the WTC as it collapses is truly terrifying. The site of Edna Cintron (the Waving Woman), makes me feel so helpless. The pain and terror that these people felt still haunts me. I often think about them. It's a strange feeling really, it's almost as if I knew them personally. Today, I just wish I could help or speak to them, and say hey, I care, I am thinking about you today - 10 years later.

In total nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks on September 11, 2001

On that Tuesday morning, 19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City; both towers collapsed within two hours. Hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet, United Airlines Flight 93, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after passengers attempted to take control before it could reach the hijacker's intended target in Washington, D.C.

The Innocent Victims
2,753 civilians at the World Trade Center.
40 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93.
59 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77.
125 people in the Pentagon.

World Trade Center 9/11
20,000 body parts were recovered from Ground Zero. Up to 200 remains were linked to a single person. Only 293 intact bodies were found. Only twelve could be identified by sight. After 10 years, there are still NO remains for 1,123 of the victims who died at the World Trade Center.

I will never forget those poor people who suffered, and my heart goes out to their families -


  1. Melissa Doi is one of the bravest souls to ever live. I continue to struggle with what happened to this innocent,kind,peaceful woman.I feel so guilty,angry,and sad over her ordeal. Please continue to pray and honor melissa. I speak with her everyday. Her spirit is very much alive and she does listen.I love melissa very much. My heart is forever crushed..

  2. They did finally find melissa's remains three years later. I am just shattered to the core. She was such a beautiful human being! For her to be left in a pile of rubble moments after pleading for her life is chilling. It is horrifying,and despicable.Please,always remember her.She did pass, but not in vain.. She is a national and world hero.."we all love you Melissa. you sweet angel."


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