Friends, Family Gather To Remember 9/11 Victims

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — New Yorkers gathered at Zuccotti Park  Saturday, once again, to honor the innocents murdered on September 11.

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Ground Zero (credit: WCBS 880)

The attacks came on a crystal-clear day in New York, and before it was over, four commercial jetliners had crashed in three states, after being commandeered by 19 Islamic terrorists. The worst attacks were at the Twin Towers, but deaths at the Pentagon near Washington and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania where a jet was forced down, brought the death toll to nearly 3,000.

“We lost tons of guys. We lost tons of guys,” one firefighter said.

It was a tragedy of numbers.  The investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald lost658 employees.  The FDNY lost 343.  The Port Authority Police lost 37.  The NYPD lost 23, and eight paramedics.

“Everything was totally black. We were just walking, trying to find daylight,” one man remembered.

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“Everything was totally black. We were just walking, trying to find daylight,” one man remembered.

The numbers had names and faces, whose families organized, demanding to know why it happened and why some of the remains went to a landfill, while others wondered if loved ones’ remains would ever be found.

Nine years later, the pain was not over.  The early stages of rebuilding skyscrapers on the site, together with a memorial, which we recently toured, give hope to the plan that a symbol of strength will rise again.

With little rising above ground level and $7 billion spent, progress of the site was addressed by public officials earlier this week.

“I’m happy to confirm that we are on track to open the memorial in time for next year’s tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

The attacks launched a war in Afghanistan and war in Iraq, whose casualties added to the pain.  Americans came together and grew divided over a tragedy that cut at the heart of the nation.

Schedule Of Events:

  • 8:40am: The ceremony program begins.  It will include the reading of the names of all of the victims.
  • 8:46am: The first of four moments of silence, observing the time first plane struck the North Tower.
  • 9:03am:  A pause to observe the time the second plane struck the South Tower.
  • 9:59am: The observance of the time of the fall of the South Tower.
  • 10:28am: Final moment of silence observing the time the North Tower fell.



One Comment

  1. ELMER FUDD says:

    YEA AFTER 60 YEARS STILL 911 GIVE ME A BREAK ITS BEEN 9 YEARS MOVE ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Anuchit Bamrungpipattanaporn says:

    May God with You.

  3. Dana says:

    very sad day and specialy recpect for those family when they lost there victory always for America and death for terorist and for those who against America

  4. tim says:

    jojo, a pizza paddle to the head is clearly what u need u mu SLIME!!

  5. raid says:

    i have moslem friends who agree with me that relocating the mosque is the better option coz wounds haven t healed this is not about religious torrence its about common sence.Now despite the efforts by several people to relocate the mosque this NY Imams just keep insisting on building
    How would moslems feel if Christian radicals had blow up part of the mosque at mecca and now they are trying to build a church near it surely it hurts.

    1. no2mosque says:

      Raid… If you really had Muslim friends do u think u could learn how to spell Muslims? and cause?

  6. Tom Degan says:

    I have a habit of videotaping (now DVDing) major news stories. I have in my archives too many hours to count of videotapes and DVDs pertaining to the deaths of Richard Nixon, Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, or the impeachment of President Clinton, or the inauguration of the first African American president on January 20, 2009. I do this because it is a wonderful way of personally archiving history as it happens.

    Late on the evening of September 11, 2001, my then-girlfriend, who knew my habits better than anyone, said to me, “You haven’t taped any the coverage. Why?”

    “Because”, I replied, “I NEVER want to look at this again.”

    And so it goes. Hi Ho.

    Tom Degan

  7. claribel soto says:

    i just want to say that it’s hard not forget but we are strong americans . and may god bless those who lost their loved ones on that date.

  8. FlutterDrew says:

    I just shared a link to this blog with the community at Thank you for helping share the memories with others.

  9. Mina Noshy says:

    God protect America

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