911 Remembered - September 11, 2015

Fourteen years later, the attacks of September 11, 2001 are still keenly felt.

Rising from the ashes of Ground Zero, the new One World Trade Center opened just last November; the 94-story building's observation deck opened to tourists earlier this year. This week, a new memorial museum opened in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed after passengers interfered with al Qaeda hijackers.

Two moments of silence have been held in New York at the exact time 14 years ago that the two planes struck the towers of the World Trade Center.

Families of victims of the 2001 and 1993 World Trade Center attacks read out their names at Ground Zero, where the towers fell.

The attacks killed nearly 3,000 people, including more than 2,700 in New York.

A flag was raised at a ceremony at the Pentagon in Virginia, where a third plane crashed, killing 184 people.

In Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a fourth plane crashed, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said passengers on United Airlines flight 93 "most likely saved hundreds or thousands of lives by losing their own."

At Ground Zero, Nereida Valle carried a photo of her daughter, Nereida DeJesus, who was 31 and working on the 98th floor of the south tower when she died.

"I feel her every day," she said.

Schedule for annual 9/11 remembrance, how you can participate

A "9/11: A Day That Changed America" photo exhibit and a pickup truck that the New York-New Jersey Port Authority used in rescue efforts following the attacks will be displayed Friday, Sept. 11, at the downtown museum, 303 Pearl St. NW. That same day, area boy scouts will salute the American flag outside the museum from sunrise until sunset.

Museum admission will be free 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

• 7:18 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Area boy scouts start saluting the flag at sunrise. Public participation is welcome at any time.

• 8:40 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Honor Guard lowers the flag to half-staff

• 8:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, There's a moment of silence and remembrance

• 8:46 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, A bell rings one time, at the time when a plane crashed into the first World Trade Center tower

• 8:50 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell speaks

• 9:03 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, A bell rings one time, at the time when a plane crashed into the second World Trade Center tower

• 9:37 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, A bell rings one time, at the time when a plane crashed into the Pentagon

• 10:03 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, A bell rings one time, at the time United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field in Pennsylvania

• noon Friday, Sept. 11, a public ceremony honors police, fire, emergency medical service and military personnel

• 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, there's a K-9 unit demonstration with meet and greet at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

• 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, a public ceremony includes a performance by The Salvation Army Brass Band, remarks from Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and President Ford Field Service Council President Wayman Britt, a flag presentation to the parents of Army Spc. 4th Class Brian K. Derks, who was killed in action Aug. 13, 2005, in Baghdad, Iraq, and a flag-raising to full staff

• 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, the scouts end their salute at sunset

America Remembers

Twin Towers of light will rise over Manhattan as America marks 14th anniversary of 9/11

A name-reading ceremony will be held at Memorial Plaza in Manhattan Thursday morning, punctuated by six moments of silence. This year, the Memorial Plaza will be open to the public on September 11 from 6am until midnight. Tribute in Light will illuminate the skies over the Financial District from sunset to early Friday morning. A ceremony of remembrance will take place at Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Relatives of those who perished in Pentagon will take part in private memorial attended by President Obama.

Two blue columns of light representing the devastated World Trade Center illuminated the skies over Lower Manhattan Wednesday night – a vivid tribute to the nearly 3,000 slain innocents - as the United Stated prepared to mark the 13th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Like every year, relatives of victims will come together at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza for a somber name-reading ceremony honoring every one of the people who perished in the attacks on the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and inside the plane that crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

During the ceremony, six moments of silence will be observed marking the strikes on the towers, and the Pentagon, the collapse of the skyscrapers and the time Flight 93 went down in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

9/11 Victim Identified 12 Years Later

A man killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks in New York has become the 1,638th victim to be identified. The 49-year-old's name was not released at the request of his family. His identification was made possible through the re-testing of remains.

To this day, just 59% of the victims have been identified, mostly through DNA. No trace has been found of the remaining 41 percent, or 1,115 people, according to the medical examiner's office.

Over the years, authorities have recovered 21,906 human remains of which 63 percent have been identified.

Honor the victims and heroes of 9/11!

Moments of silence will mark the 8:46 a.m. impact of American Airlines Flight 11's crash into the north tower and the 9:03 a.m. crash of United Airlines Flight 175 into the World Trade Center's south tower.

The 9/11 attack killed 2,753 people in New York, including 403 police and firefighters.

At the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed at 9:37 a.m. on September 11, President Obama will speak at a private observance for family members of the 184 people who died there.

In southwestern Pennsylvania, it is only expected to take 18 minutes to lay a wreath and read the names of 40 people, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and ending at 10:03 a.m. That is the time United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville.

A bomb sniffing dog named Sirius also died at the WTC.

In 2007, the New York City medical examiner's office began to add people to the official death toll who died of illnesses caused by exposure to dust from the site. The first such victim was a woman who had died in February 2002 from a lung condition. In 2009, a man who died in 2008 was added, and in 2011 a man who died in 2010.

Many more people have died since as a result of exposure to 9/11 dust at Ground Zero.

September 11 memorial events in New York City

Find out where to pay your respects with our guide to September 11 memorial events in NYC, and a guide to 9/11 memorials. By Time Out contributors.

How It Was: Voices of 9/11

Recordings of 9-1-1 calls show how New York City's emergency operators and dispatchers did their jobs on 9/11.


In Memory of Daniel Mark Lewin. The first victim of 9/11.

Daniel Mark Lewin was 31 years old and from Denver, Colorado. Daniel was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11.

On September 11, 2001, Daniel was traveling on American Airlines Flight 11, heading from Boston to Los Angeles. He was seated in business class in seat 9B, close to 3 hijackers Mohamed Atta, Abdulaziz al-Omari and al Suqami. It was first reported that he had been shot by al Suqami, although this assertion was later changed to a stabbing. According to the 9/11 Commission, he was stabbed by one of the hijackers, probably Satam al Suqami, who was seated directly behind him. This may have occurred when Daniel tried to confront one of the hijackers in front of him, not realising that al Suqami was sitting just behind him.

Daniel was identified as the first victim of the September 11 attacks.

In Memory of Richard Pearlman

Richard Allen Pearlman, a volunteer with the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, was running an errand at 1 Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan when he heard an all-hands call to the World Trade Center, where a plane had struck one of the towers. He teamed up with police nearby, who took him in a cruiser to Ground Zero, where he was seen helping medical personnel and even carrying people out of the burning building.

On Monday September 17, 2001, NewsWeek published a photo that showed Richard wheeling a bloody victim in a stairchair.

The Newsweek magazine photo showed the 18-year-old from Howard Beach wheeling a bloody victim away from the South Tower — one of the last photos of him before his death. The South Tower was hit minutes after a jet flew into the North Tower. He then ran back into the South Tower to help before it collapsed on top of him.

"I'm going to be a famous person one day, Mom. I'm going to help save the world. You'll see." said Richard to his mother, Dori Pearlman.

In Memory of Elaine Cillo

Elaine Cillo was 40 years old and from Brooklyn, New York. Elaine worked for Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. on the 97th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, at 8:46am, American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the northern facade of the North Tower ripping a path across floors 94 to 98, directly into the office of Marsh & McLennan Companies.

Life on Ground Zero - The Survivor Tree

The Survivor Tree is a callery pear tree. It was recovered from the rubble at the World Trade Center site in October 2001, long after recovery workers expected to find anything alive at the site. At the time of its recovery it was 8 feet tall, badly burned, and it had only one living branch. Prior to the attacks, the tree had lived at the World Trade Center site for several decades. It was originally planted in the 1970s in the area near buildings four and five, close to Church Street.

The tree has been looked after by several different people over the years.

In December 2010, the Survivor Tree, now grown to a height of 30 feet, was returned to the World Trade Center site.

The tree is a symbol of hope and rebirth.

In Memory of Arlene Eva Fried

Arlene Eva Fried was 49 years old and from Roslyn, New York. Arlene worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, Arlene was trying to help a young lawyer who wanted to know where he should apply for a job. She returned the lawyer's telephone message at 8:44 a.m. He was not there, so she left a message. Four minutes later, the first plane struck. Her remains were never recovered.

"It was always such a joy to work with you, Arlene! Your smile that always greeted me as I peeked into your office was refreshing. I was always bringing a really difficult problem to you. That smile made things much easier for me. I miss you and am so sad that you are no longer with us". (Charles K. Gonzales, co-worker).

In Memory of Carol Keyes Demitz

Carol Keyes Demitz was 49 years old and from New York, New York. (Born: Portsmouth, Virginia).

Carol was senior vice president, chief corporate counsel and secretary of Fiduciary Trust International Company in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

When Carol got home from Fiduciary Trust, she did not reach for a martini. She went directly to play with Annie, her 4 year-old. "I could tell what room the girls were in by the squealing and laughter," said Fred Brewer, her husband. "Carol would be playing hide-and-seek. Carol was thin and could squeeze herself into the most amazing little cubbyholes. You could hear Annie squealing when she found her."

In Memory of Margaret Ruth Echtermann

Margaret Ruth Echtermann was 33 years old and from Barneveld, New York. (Born: Flemington, New Jersey). Margaret worked as a leasing representative for Regus on the 93rd floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Margaret liked to spend summer weekends in a rented house in the Hamptons where according to her sister Heidi, she had fallen in love. Also, she was looking forward to moving to Boston where her company was about to transfer her.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Margaret spoke to her sister after the first plane hit the North Tower and told her she was fine, then called her parents in Barneveld, a small town north of Utica, and told them the same. Then she called a friend, who recognized Margaret's phone number on her caller ID, but heard nothing. That was the moment of impact, her sister thinks.

In Memory of James Patrick Ladley

James Patrick Ladley was 41 years old and from Colts Neck, New Jersey. (Born: Staten Island, New York). James worked for Cantor Fitzgerald on the 104th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, James was talking to his wife on the phone from his office on the 104th floor when terrorists flew a hijacked airplane into the building.

Shortly after that tragic day, James's wife had to try to explain to their two young children, Elizabeth and James, why their father had not come home. She told Elizabeth, who saw the big building burning, and relates big buildings with her father's work, that "the building became too dangerous and that God is a good person and he opened up heaven and welcomed the people in the building to a safe place." James says that "Daddy is working in heaven." They look at pictures and videos when they miss their dad, but Mrs. Ladley, who wants them to remember their loving and fun-loving father, also tries to assure them that "we big people will take care of everything."

In Memory of Catherine Patricia Salter

Catherine Patricia Salter was 49 years old and from New York, NY. Catherine worked as an assistant vice president in the property claims department at Aon Corp on the 102 floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

On September 11, 2001, Cathy was near her office in the South Tower, when the first plane hit the other tower. Being a VP and in charge of the office, she had evacuated the staff and then called Chicago to tell them that everyone was OK. Next she called her former boss in Cincinnati to tell him all was OK, and he was shocked that she was not out of the building. Catherine explained that the public address system urged people to remain in their offices, but she had evacuated the staff and was just ready to leave herself. It was then that the phone went dead and Catherine's boss saw the new plume of fire from Catherine's tower.

"I can almost imagine seeing her walk the streets and enjoy being alive there. My entire family life has been changed by that day. I may be past the bitterness of strangers taking her life but I will never be over knowing that they must be stopped. We must never forget 9-11-01 if for no other reason than to make sure that it never happens again.

I miss Cathy so much, I look at her picture and I talk to her and I believe that she knows how I feel.

May the circle be unbroken." Love MOM (Eleanor Salter)

Catherine Lisa Loguidice

Catherine Lisa Loguidice was 30 years old and from Brooklyn, New York. Catherine worked as an assistant to bond traders at Cantor Fitzgerald on the 105th floor in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Catherine also worked every weekend at a veterinarian's office on Oceanside and had begun taking classes to become a veterinary technician.

Catherine was to be married on October 30, 2001.

Catherine's purse and wallet were found intact, as were some of her remains.

In Memory of Danielle Kousoulis

Danielle Kousoulis was 29 years old and from New York, NY. (Born: Woodbury, New Jersey). Danielle worked on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower as a vice president for Cantor Fitzgerald.

On September 11, 2001, Danielle was at her office at 8:46 a.m. when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the tower.

Danielle's boyfriend, Chris Mills, spoke to her on his mobile phone from outside the centre after the aircraft had trapped her. "I could hear people running around in the background - there was pandemonium. I said: 'Get out, just get out of there', but I lost contact. Then I saw the South Tower fall down and I had to run for my life."

Danielle was still there, trapped, at 10:15 a.m. when she called her boyfriend back. Fifteen minutes later, her building collapsed.

"Nothing of Danielle was ever found, so I feel that Ground Zero is Danielle's final resting place, and it is important to me." (Eleni, Danielle's sister).

In Memory of Sharon Christina Millan

Sharon Christina Millan was 31 years old and from New York, N.Y. Sharon worked for Harris Beach LLP as an office coodindator on the 85th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Never Forget - 15 Years Later

People observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower on September 11, 2001, by the North Pool at World Trade Center in New York on September 11.

Two of the passenger jets brought down the Twin Towers of New York City's World Trade Center, another hit the Pentagon outside Washington and a fourth crashed in a field in Pennsylvania when passengers aboard that flight fought back against the hijackers.

At Ground Zero in New York where the towers once stood, the annual reading of the list of 2,983 people killed at the three sites begis at 8:39 a.m.
It takes more than 190 people three hours to read the list alphabetically.

Moments of silence are observed at 8:46 a.m., 9:03 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:03 a.m., the times of impact for the four planes, and again at 9:59 a.m. and 10:28 a.m., the times that the South Tower and then the North Tower fell.

Let us Never Forget them.

Never Forget - 11 Years Later

The National September 11 Memorial, built directly over the Twin Towers site, invokes a feeling of peace and serenity amidst the everyday chaos of New York with 400 white oaks and two illuminated reflecting pools.

The memorial officially opened to the public on September 12, 2011, and the museum opens on September 11, 2012.

The names of 2,983 victims are inscribed on 76 bronze plates attached to the parapet walls which form the edges of the memorial pools.

Never Forget - Years Later

"A recommended read for any true story fanatic and anyone who would like an insiders perspective into the tragedy. It definately made me phone home and tell my family how much I love them, hitting home that anything could happen to any of us at any time."

At 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001, fourteen thousand people were inside the World Trade Center just starting their workdays, but over the next 102 minutes, each would become part of a drama for the ages. Of the millions of words written about this wrenching day, most were told from the outside looking in. New York Times reporters Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn draw on hundreds of interviews with rescuers and survivors, thousands of pages of oral histories, and countless phone, e-mail, and emergency radio transcripts to tell the story of September 11 from the inside looking out.

Dwyer and Flynn have woven an epic and unforgettable account of the struggle, determination, and grace of the ordinary men and women who made 102 minutes count as never before.

In Memory of Virgin Lucy Francis

Virgin (Lucy) Francis was 62 years old and from Brooklyn, New York. (Born: Dominica). Lucy worked at Windows on the World on the 107th floor in the North Tower at the World Trade Centre.

As a seasoned housekeeper, Lucy took immense pride in polishing the brass and vacuuming the much-trod carpets of Windows on the World. She always insisted that her rooms be as perfect as the view. And although she was scheduled to come to work at 9am on September 11, 2001, she went in early as usual. In fact she should not have gone in at all, she had insisted on working the week before despite a bout of the flu, and the previous Thursday her boss had demanded she go home, telling her, "Don't come back until you're ready."

But, Lucy liked to be out there working, she never liked to sit around at home. And so, on the morning of the terrorist attacks, she took the A train from Fulton Street as she always did, and arrived well before the first plane struck the building.

Her son recalled how hard she had worked all her life, after coming to the US in 1986 from Barbados. Her family still cannot quite believe she is gone.

In Memory of Nicole Carol Miller

Nicole Carol Miller was 21 years old and from and from San Jose, California. Nicole was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93.

Nicole, who was a student at West Valley College in Saratoga, California, made an impulsive decision to fly to the East Coast to vacation with a friend. The couple toured Manhattan landmarks and New Jersey boardwalks and beaches before boarding separate flights to return home. A thunderstorm on the evening of September 10 forced Nicole to re-schedule her flight to the next morning.

United Airlines Flight 93 was crashed into a field, during an attempt by some of the passengers to regain control, killing all 44 people aboard.

Nicole's sister said, "She was brave, heroic, strong-willed and would have fought back with all her might. She was beautiful like a cover girl inside and out."

In Memory of Kimberly S. Bowers

Kimberly S. Bowers was 31 years old and from Islip, NY. Kimberly worked as an administrative staff member for Cantor Fitzgerald in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Kimberly stood outside the World Trade Center talking with a friend on her cellphone. At 8:50 a.m. she said, "Oh my God, a plane just hit the building. I'm getting out of here." Her brother-in-law, Eric, later said, "She was still out in the street. She wasn't even in the building yet."

"In the first years, the grief was just so overwhelming and so horrible there was no possible way that you could think of 9/11 as anything but a horrible, sad time because you're still so close to it. As time goes by and your grief changes and mellows a little, there's no way it's not going to be sad, but it can also be good. It's a time to remember what was good in the life of that person."
"We would always go to the zoo. We would go apple picking or pumpkin picking." Allison (Kimberly's sister).

In Memory of Kenneth Tietjen

Kenneth Tietjen was 31 years old and from Matawan, New Jersey.

On September 11, 2001, Kenneth was working his job on the PATH trains when he heard of the attacks. He immediately rushed into Manhattan to help, first commandeering a cab, then hopping an emergency vehicle.

Kenneth led workers, some of them badly burned, from the North Tower before grabbing the last air pack in sight and entering the South Tower.

"He waved to his partner and went in," his mother said.

 Minutes later the tower collapsed.

"He loved everything - life, sports, people, his job. Every day was another project for him. He was a lovable person with many, many friends. And I know it sounds corny, but he was a really good kid. He was born on the Fourth of July. He was a hero."

"I'm still very much in love with Kenny," Kenneth's fiancé said, who still wears, as a pendant, the wedding band they bought on September. 6, 2001, for their planned marriage. "I'm not dating, but I feel very complete now," she said. "I've found some measure of peace. I can laugh now. I couldn't for so long."

In Memory of Marianne MacFarlane

Marianne MacFarlane was 34 years old and from Revere, Massachusetts. Marianne died on September 11, 2001, on United Flight 175 bound for Las Vegas from Boston.

Marianne was a United Airlines gate agent. Marianne was on United Flight 175 for a mini-vacation in Las Vegas. Her mother, Anne MacFarlane, a Logan public service representative and former flight attendant, described Marianne as "everybody's friend."

Marianne worked the 4:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. shift and would rise at 4:05 to find her mother waiting downstairs to drive her to work. Although she usually tossed an "I'll see ya" over her shoulder, on September 11, 2001, Marianne said "goodbye" as her mother dropped her off at Terminal C. Her mother almost stopped the car to ask, "Why `goodbye'?"

Back at home, Marianne's mother turned on the television as a commentator spoke of the horror unfolding in New York City. Anne watched as her only daughter was murdered. While she didn't know at the time that Marianne was on the plane, an unease grew. Anne at first waited at home with her sons for some piece of news, but then felt an urge to go to the airport. She needed to know. United Airlines employees were gathered around the ticket counter. When they saw her approach, some began to cry.

In Memory of Maurita Tam

Maurita Tam was 22 years old and from New York, NY. Maurita worked for Aon Corporation on the 99th floor in the South Tower of the World Trade Center.

Maurita's uncle, Wai-ching Chung, also died in the attack. Mr. Chung was waiting in Manhattan for a shuttle bus to take him to his job in New Jersey when he was hit with falling debris.

Three years later, Maurita's mother was informed that her daughter's purse had been found. She said, "To compare with those families with nothing left from their loved ones, I was thankful".

Maurita described herself best. "I'm awesome!" she would shout, dissolving into giggles.

Maurita's student website, which her college has preserved.