September 11, 2001

A beautiful September day like today, working in Dexter Manor highrise. Every TV had a group of worried tenants around it, wondering what would happen next. I was glad that my work mattered to me, and decided to work the best I could to spite whoever had done this. I worried about my child at school.

Walking around Providence, went to my church. The minister had the doors open and candles lit for anyone who needed a place to not be alone. I left and passed another open church, then walked into a church full of people singing and praying.

For the first time I saw the people on the sidewalks, in the cars, in the churches, as Americans — no more no less.

Three thousand working people in New York City murdered by hate and fanaticism. I knew the world would be worse, a line was crossed. It’s the world we live in now.

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6 responses

  1. That morning I tried to call some of my New York City Friends and the phone lines were not functioning.

    I was particularly afraid for TCP who sometimes worked in that building. Thank the Spirits, I had the tel. # for his mother (in Connecticut); she was very kind and patient with me — a stranger. T. was banking in Germany or Spain or some large European country…

  2. Jesse from Cranston

    Thanks to Nancy for opening the thread. We must never forget, and those of us alive to witness the events of Sept. 11, 2001 owe it to younger citizens to keep the memory fresh in our minds and to work toward a better future.

    For my part, I will remember three things:
    1. The stoppage of all air traffic, which left the night sky uninterrupted for three nights. I drove out to the Foster area and just sat near the Scituate Reservoir, losing count of the stars I could see without having them blocked out by aircraft.

    2. The “scroll” that has now become a fixture on TV newscasts, but which, prior to 9-11, had only been seen on CNBC to follow the stock market. Our already hypercharged 24-hour news cycle only grew more cluttered, and cynical.

    3. Seeing a Rhode Island Blood Center donation truck outside Cranston City Hall on Sept. 12. It was pure coincidence, but to me, it proved that Americans can and will overcome panic to help each other.

  3. the next weekend was the Providence Chalk Painting festival, where amateur and professional artists make outdoor art. there were many moving and lovely tributes to the World Trade Towers, the people in them, our country, and peace. Waterplace Park has a wall of ceramic tiles that reflects the feelings of people close to that time.

  4. I was in terror for my sister who lives in Brooklyn but worked in Manhattan only about 10 blocks from the WTC. As it turned out, she was hosting a fundraiser that night and so was still home in the morning when it happened rather than at work. They were managing, but their kids were all out of whack after the schools had taken them on the roof of the building to watch the burning of the towers across the river. They lost a lot of friends, a lot of firefighters.

    Sept. 11 is also my sister in NY’s birthday! We are grateful that now we can focus on celebrating again, but still the day is marked and darkened by history.

  5. The first thing that crossed my mind was my brother in law,George Gomez Jr.who was a maintenance supervisor for the Port Authority,and had an office in the WTC and one at La Guardia Airport.That morning by chance he decided to go to La Guardia first from home,because the traffic was better going in that direction.It wasn’t for quite a few hours that we found out he was ok.
    One of my close high school friends was an FDNY paramedic and he was assigned to the Command Center.He was sent out to set up a triage area and thus was the only survivor of the unit he responded with.

  6. a young woman who had graduated from Brown was working with me in the social services department at the Providence Housing Authority. She decided she wanted to train to be a nurse/midwife. her college was in NYC and she was there on 9/11/01. a call went out to all the students to report to the hospitals to care for the survivors of the disaster. there were no survivors crowding the emergency deparments. all the injuries were among those who responded and those nearby. most of the people in the towers did not survive. they are sadly missed.

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