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Comments11/09/2016 #39 David B. GrinbergContinued from below...
@Aurorasa Sima: I appreciate your sentiments: "These acts of violence that bring death and horror over innocent people are impossible to understand."
@Praveen Raj Gullepalli: Thanks for your valuable comments. I agree that there are "no words to describe the concerted horror."
@Ben Pinto: I'm grateful for your kind thoughts.
@Mamen Delgado: Thank you for the comforting words.
@Phil Friedman: Our world seemed to change so quickly due to this "senseless and meaningless act of violence" which impacted so many. Thanks for recounting your experience and important insights.
@Javier beBee: Yes, "We are all in the same boat" and I recall the ruthless terrorism perpetrated on people of Spain. We will never forget.
@Jim Murray: Thank you to the people of Canada for their warmth and friendship. And thank YOU, Jim, for commenting: "This terrible thing may have happened in America but it was felt everywhere where people value freedom and democracy."
@Pamela L. Williams: I'm grateful your friend's husband, Larry, was okay. Thanks goodness. I likewise recall the shear panic of trying to reach family and friends in NYC, but to no avail until later that day. The intervening hours were harrowing.
@Sarah (Sally) McCabe: Thanks so much for your support, which is most appreciated. You are absolutely right: "We need those that were too young to remember and understand that those lost were real people - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends."
@Michael D. Davis: Your comforting words are greatly appreciated during this difficult time.11/09/2016 #38 David B. GrinbergMany thanks to all for sharing your heart-felt, thoughtful and touching comments about that tragic day. May God bless all the families and friends of the 9/11 victims, whose deep sorrow we collectively share. And may God bless America and all freedom loving people worldwide.
@Dean Owen - I'm very sorry for your losses. Doug worked for Cantor Fitzgerald. As you note, "The effects of that day were far reaching." -- indeed.
@Franci Eugenia Hoffman: I echo your words, "We must stay strong."
@Joel Anderson: You hit the right chord, "Gone, but never forgotten."
@Alan Geller: Thank goodness you were not there that horrific morning.
@Charles David Upchurch: I'm glad this inspired you to share your story.
@Milos Djukic: You are likewise a great person who deserves no less.
@Irene Hackett: I echo your message, "...it did not change the power of our spirits, the strength of our hearts, or our ability to overcome."
@Donna-Luisa Eversley - Yes, "It is good he found love before he left this world."
@Andrew Books I concur: "It is a dark time in our history indeed, but it was when we became our best." It's only too bad that it took such a horrific tragedy for our collective best selves to surface.
@Lisa Gallagher: Thanks for sharing your story. Yes, Doug was "an awesome man."
@Ali Anani: I appreciate your valuable feedback: " I hope never again such terrifying acts."
@Pascal Derrien 🐝: Yes, 9/11 was undoubtedly one of histories "defining moments and sometimes we tend to forget the stories behind." #NeverForget11/09/2016 #35 Michael D. DavisThe legacy of those who perished on this harrowing day, that we now refer to as Patriot Day, live on in the memory and words of their family, friends and colleagues, and now those of us who are total strangers as well. Thank you for sharing @David B. Grinberg View moreThe legacy of those who perished on this harrowing day, that we now refer to as Patriot Day, live on in the memory and words of their family, friends and colleagues, and now those of us who are total strangers as well. Thank you for sharing @David B. Grinberg . It's not easy to share such remembrances but in so doing you have contributed to the healing of the human fabric that makes up our great nation. Close11/09/2016 #34 Pamela L. Williams"Final: @David B. Grinberg & @Dean Owen, I am so sorry for the loss of your friends and colleagues. I can't imagine. My story had a happy ending but too many did not. It is a day I will never forget and will always remember those we lost. I don't have to know their names, their stories. They were my fellow humans and I still cannot think about them with my gut wrenching. But also the thousands that have been lost since in the war against terror. I remember and honor them all this day and every day. I especially want to mention and remember those brave souls on Flight 93 who went down in Pennsylvania to save the lives of those at the original target location. I don't want to think about what would have happened had that plane made it to DC. They are true heroes in every sense of the word.11/09/2016 #32 Sarah (Sally) McCabeDavid your story brought more tears on a very hard day, but these are the stories that we need to pass on. We need those that were too young to remember and understand that those lost were real people - mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends. I will think of your friend today.11/09/2016 #31 Pamela L. WilliamsPart 2:
Then the Pentagon was hit. My heart started pounding; All I could think was "Larry!!" Larry works there. My best friend's husband, the father of a newborn. The love my friend had searched for for years was in that building.
As it turns out the nose of the plane went through his office. Fate had protected him as he had left just 5 minutes earlier for an emergency meeting on the other side of the Pentagon where they were to discuss the events occurring in NYC. For the next two days I couldn't reach my friend. I didn't know what was happening, if Larry was okay. But that was nothing compared to the first 6 hours as she sat in their home, knowing to try to reach him was impossible. She knew where his office was, knew the plane had destroyed that part of the building.
Larry was finally allowed to leave after 5 hrs and weaving by foot through the chaos he ran the five miles home. This was a man in his late forties with a bad back from falling off the ladder of his fighter jet years before and hadn't ran in years but he did that day; he knew my friend would be traumatized, believing him lost.
On top of that, both her sisters worked in NYC and one in the towers. The sisters had decided to meet for breakfast and were together when the first plane hit.
Destiny played a role that day and my friend was spared the losses but it taught her an important lesson about her own complacency and taking for granted our country's freedoms and our loved ones.
A couple days later someone sent me a video (at work) taken of people jumping from the towers. I was shocked and so angry I couldn't stop myself from going to that person's office and telling them in no uncertain terms to never, ever send me such a video again.
It took me a whole day to get the courage to read this post, just as I've never watched a video of the Challenger explosion. Some things I just can't handle.11/09/2016 #30 Pamela L. WilliamsI had just dropped my daughter at school after a dentist appointment. I had the radio on and I thought it was a spoof on the old radio show about martians landing on earth. Everyone panicked, not realizing it was a fictional story. I actually laughed wondering how many would fall for this fiction. Then they announced the second plane had hit the second tower. The broadcaster was in a panic and actually said; "What the hell is going on? " I stopped laughing and got back to my job as fast as possible and called the school they had the kids in the hallway in 'Tornado preparedness" status. That was the closest they could come to preparing for something they were not prepared to handle.
I remember asking my German boss; Why? what did those people do to deserve this. Our in-building IT guy set up a live-stream internet feed and we all gathered in the conference room. We had no cable in the building and it was only the video conferencing system I had recently set up that allowed us to watch together.
end Part 110/09/2016 #28 Jim MurrayCondolences @David B. Grinberg...Tomorrow I will be posting the piece I wrote on this tragedy, if for no other reason than to let all the Americans in my network know that this was felt and very strongly so, throughout the free world. The response I got to this post when I posted it on my WordPress site on Sept 12, came from all over the world. This terrible thing may have happened in America but it was felt everywhere where people value freedom and democracy. And if there is anything positive that came out of it, it is that it helped the democratic world get unified in opposition to terrorism. Jim10/09/2016 #26 Phil Friedman@ @David B. Grinberg -- David, I am sorry for your loss, as I am for the losses suffered by all who were touched directly by this ultimately senseless and meaningless act of violence. And I will always be so.
I remember the vividly, for at the time my wife and I were at the hospital with our one-day old younger daughter. I remember the horror of watching the real-time news coverage on a TV at the nurses' station.
I had close business associates whose offices were not in the towers, but in a building close enough to have a direct line of sight to Ground Zero. And I remember frantically trying to reach them to see if they were alright.
I remember thinking what a waste it was, for side I knew that those who perpetrated that attack did not understand the underlying strength of this nation and its people. Or that the only thing they accomplished was to poke a sleeping tiger, and put greater obstacles between them and their political objectives. I trust that, like you, the rest of the western world will never forget. Thank you for writing this piece, my friend.10/09/2016 #25 Mamen DelgadoMy dear @David B. Grinberg,
I send to you the possible warmest hug from Madrid, just here feeling your feelings, and extending the hug to Doug where he is (I'm sure he is very next to you). 💕 💫
@Dean Owen, all my love is with you, you know that already. 💖
And @Alan Geller, my dear Alan... Happy you were not where you were supposed to be...10/09/2016 #24 Dean Owen#21 thanks @Praveen Raj Gullepalli. Canters was almost wiped out but they came back strong with the support of the whole industry, even their competitors. Amazing about your NY friend. It's like a coin toss. I've heard so many stories from that day of "if only" or "had I not cancelled the meeting" etc. one of my colleagues actually escaped the towers covered in ash. As soon as she got home she stripped naked and packed all her ash covered clothes in plastic to preserve the memory of that horrendous day.10/09/2016 #21 Praveen Raj GullepalliDeepest sympathies @David B. Grinberg and @Dean Owen...sad to hear of so many losses...of friends and colleagues....strangely i never thought of the companies that got hit badly...perhaps some never recovered! The total loss of life was also kept a vague figure in the news here. But what a terrible day that was...no words to describe the concerted horror...so many innocent victims...so many firemen rushing in to a sacrifice...folks jumping off to certain death just to avoid the flames. I still hold on to the Time special issue covering the disaster...though not a pleasant memory. Let me also share this...I remember reconnecting with a childhood bestfriend in NY on Yahoo Messenger just days before the unfortunate event occured. The chat sessions usually early evening for me late into my night on weekends...on work days my friend would chat whilst preparing to commute to work. We were animatedly chatting, recollecting some newer old memories even on that very day...she suddenly said it was getting pretty late for an early meeting and would have to rush off. Next when we connected over chat some hours later...she told me very slowly yet emotionally how she had been delayed reaching office that day, all caught up in our chat...and also told me just like that, had she reached early, it would certainly have been our last chat. I did not recollect immediately then that her office address was the WTC...it took a while to sink in. I still wonder...10/09/2016 #20 Aurorasa SimaI´m sorry for your loss, @David B. Grinberg. These acts of violence that bring death and horror over innocent people are impossible to understand. It was late afternoon and we were in the office when the news reported it. We did not know at first if we should believe it.
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