10 years ago I remember exactly what happened at 2.30 GMT. I remember what I saw. What I did. To be Honest I can’t say I can remember any other day that clear 10 years ago. Not even my brothers first birthday.
9/11 happened 10 years ago exactly and we are still shocked by what happened it looked like a film to me. I remember I was 9, I finished school at 3.00 pm and my mum came to pick me up, she never does because she used to work nights, it was her day off. She picked my up, and I was about to change the radio to Mercia, but my Mum said the news is on, a plane has hit into one of the Twin Towers. I didn’t know what the Twin Towers was but I mean hearing that a plane had hit into a building is bad enough. So I get home the news is on, my family are all gathered round. I see the news and realise this must be important. I looked at the news and suddenly saw a plane hit into the side of a tall tower, and I thought are they just showing the clip over and over again. No a second tower was hit. On the screen the news were broadcasting clip after clip of the planes hitting the side of the towers. Even the news people had to take a minuite to see what was happening. I remember my brother was 11 months and he started talking and had an obsession with the word plane, and he kept on saying “plane boom”. I think at 9 I didnt get the concept that this was real, that there were people in the plane, there were people in the tower. It was until the news kept on broadcasting the death numbers and how it kept on increasing.
Suddenly I see one Tower collapse to the ground and the living room is silent, the broadcasters go quiet. You felt like you were there, but I do not think I could even think of what was happening there. 10 minutes later the second tower crumbles directly to the ground.
I felt scared and confused being in my living room thousands of miles away. What were the people who were there, right in that moment thinking?
Days after day there would be news reports of people not being found, that this was a terrorist attack. One mans face was constantly being posted on the TV screen. Osama Bin Laden.
I remember seeing people waving tissues out of windows and thinking why is know one helping them? I could not grasp the thought of how tall these towers really were.The news calmed down and it was the biggest clean up of New York City, and we would constantly be hearing reports from families, firemen, police, kids. It was so sad, it was the topic of most conversations even in my playground. It was a sad moment, and 10 years on I can still tell a whole account of what I did that day, who I saw, and what I saw.
On September 1 2009, I went to New York City, I had always wanted to go there and me and my sister went I was 17. On the Thursday we went to go visit Ground zero, I didnt know what to expect really.
Every day when we were in New York City, we would take the big bus tour to wherever we wanted to go to. And there would be a person telling us all about the sights, and every single one had something to say about 9/11.
” It was a clear day like this, you could see the top of the tower, which was rare. 2 hours later the sky was filled with dust”
” I remember ringing for my brother to see if he was okay, he said he ran to catch a boat to Ellis Island, but the phone dropped”
” I will never forget seeing the Twin Towers falling to the ground,everytime I close my eyes I see it”
We arrive at Ground Zero and all of a sudden I got flashbacks of what I saw when I was 9. I could really imagine two towering buildings filling the gap. There was not alot of people, there was construction work so we were moved along.
MEMORIAL AT A SCHOOL NEAR BY.
Me looking at New York, from Liberty Island
We went to sit in the church, and we were talking to the priest, he was telling us how firemen would come in at the end of their shifts and just pray in their uniform. The church would be full outside with crowds of people wanting to come and pray, it was surreal to think this.
9/11 will always be one day that sticks out in my life, the day which you tell your children, grand children about. Those people who died that day will always be remembered for their bravery, because I honestly do not know what I would have done in that situation.
10 years on the building work is going on, but the plans for what will be there, look amazing. It is aiming to be the tallest tower in the world. It is a way New Yorkers fought back saying you can keep hitting us but we just get right back up.
TWO NEW TOWERS, with a memorial museum
I love New York City, I want to live there when I’m older, and I enjoy hearing stories of 9/11, and I try and watch all the programmes which are based around the day. They are sad, but I think it is a way of giving us a clearer answer of what happened that day.
I will always remember New York City for it’s beauty and the peoples strength