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Re: [PHOTOS] September 11, 2001 Aftermath

Posted by Dave on Wed Sep 11 10:52:57 2019, in response to [PHOTOS] September 11, 2001 Aftermath, posted by Bill Newkirk on Wed Sep 11 10:07:43 2019.

Thanks, Bill.

I wrote this a year or two after 9/11, and posted it on Dave Pirmann's old board:

"I was in NYC the weekend before 9/11, still hyped up after the 2001 Chicago Field Trip. Friday, Sept. 7, my wife and I got off the 4 train at Bowling Green and walked down to the Battery where we boarded the ferry to Ellis Island. Her parents and my grandparents entered this country through EI and neither of us had been there before. It was a magnificent experience.

After exiting the subway I pointed out the WTC to her and asked if she wanted to go inside the complex; I had been there a number of times, most recently that April, but she had never been there. She said no, she'd like to but we didn't have time so maybe next trip.

About halfway between the dock and Liberty Island, I went up to the top deck of the ferry and looked north toward lower Manhattan. You all know how nice the weather was those few days and the view looked like a postcard; it was so beautiful it took my breath away and filled this ex-NYer's heart with pride. I dragged my wife upstairs and made her look (she suffers from sea sickness and was sitting below). She agreed the view was beautiful.

Before we left St. Louis she asked me to take my camera. I chose not to, telling her "We've been to NYC many times and I used to live there. I know what it looks like so why do I want to spend my time looking through a viewfinder?" I got a big "I told you so!" and I agreed with her I should have taken my camera to capture that gorgeous view. My comment was, "Next time, I'll bring the camera."

Sunday evening we flew out of LGA and as we banked southward after departing to the west, I pointed out the lights of the WTC to her and said, "Say goodbye."

Less than 36 hours later it was gone forever."


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