Fallen Buildings, Sunken Ships & Missing Loved Ones

This weekend our television has alternated between college football games and documentaries about the horror of 9/11.

Where were you on 9/11? many of the special programs seem to ask.

Cruise Ship H.M.S Britania - Twin Towers - 9/11I was in my office talking to Dad who was with my Mom visiting my sister in Park City, Utah.  I was with him on the telephone when the first tower began to fall.  I remember him yelling "holy shit son the tower is falling!"   We then both hung up to watch the spectacle.   

There have been some insightful articles about how 9/11 disrupted our lives and changed our perspective of the world around us.   The Connecticut Post published an interesting article "A September Cruise Leads Passenger Home to a Changed City" which is the account of a real estate agent in Connecticut who goes with her husband on a cruise from Southampton when the plane struck the twin towers.

The twin towers gone.  How is that possible? 

The towers were a landmark that seemed to always be in the background of every cruise ship photographed in New York harbor.  I found such a photo and thought it might be appropriate to add it to this article.  But while uploading it, I realized that it shows the H.M.S Britania, which sank off of the coast of South Africa in October 2000. 

9/11 to me brought home the fact that all of us are here on planet earth for a limited period of time.  Great buildings can fall before our eyes.  Magnificent ships can sink out of sight as if they never existed.  Loved ones can leave us.   

But the images of our experiences and the voices of our loved ones remain vivid and distinct today.        

 

Photo credit: Chandris Fantasy Cruises via Odinnthor/Virtual Tourist 

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Tom Carten - September 12, 2011 1:26 AM

I was on HAL's Amsterdam approaching Halifax that morning. When someone mentioned a plane, possibly a small one, hitting the WTC, I tried to access cnn.com with no success; ditto with bbc.co.uk and the same with some other site. At that point, the Captain informed us of what happened and said all public televisions would be on CNN. Later that afternoon, I learned a good friend of mine was on the second plane.

Sailing along in luxury for the rest of the cruise, while the world was falling apart around us, was surreal. It was like being a participant in "The Masque of the Red Death," as those people partied while others died around them.

When we flew back to NYC from Montreal, the toothless gap in the skyline still smoked from the pile. May their souls rest in heavenly peace.

Jonathan - September 12, 2011 11:57 AM

Wow - it's hard to believe it's been 10 years. I still remember going into the conference room watching this with you and everyone else. What a day it was!

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