I just watched National Geographic’s Inside 9-11 tonight. It was the premire. It’s a 4-hour documentary detailing it’s beginings in the 90’s all the way through July 2005’s London bus attacks. I caught the first part last night, and I was so stunned by the quality of the program and research that I had to catch the second part tonight, even though it puts me an hour past my bedtime again. Both parts re-air on September 8th at 7pm – 11pm, and I can tell you, I’ll be watching it again.
It’s been such a long time since I watched any footage of the tower attacks. More than 3 years, actually. It makes my cry, to tell the truth. I wasn’t watching the news that day, but I remember hearing it on the radio on the way into work that day, and then listening to it all day until I got home to see it on the news. I flipped on the radio that morning just minutes before Tower 1 went down. I remember sitting in my car driving down the road and thinking it must be a joke. I recall wondering what day it was, trying to think if it was April fool’s day or something else that would explain it. I was on my way to work , it was 9:50am. At 9:59am, it crumbled to dust. The radio station I was listening to had someone with an apartment that faced the towers on a live call. I was driving and I remember the man saying “Oh, Oh God. It’s falling.” He paused for just a few seconds and I could hear the whine of my car in the silence, then he said “It’s gone. The first tower is gone.”
My mouth dropped open. By that time, I had come to the conclusion that it wasn’t April Fool’s day, and that it was no joke. I arrived at work at about 10am, finding the entire store frozen in front of the radio. I almost turned around and went home, but several other employees had already called in and told the managers that they feared more attacks here and were staying home. I thought “Yeah, terrorists are going for the Athens, GA Petland. You bet.” Since I was one of the few people that actually showed up, I was stuck there for the day. Not that we had any customers anyway. America froze that day. Everyone was at home watching the news. I called Meggie and made sure she had the news on, then did the same with John.
At 10:28am, the second tower fell. The store had the radio tuned to the same station I was listening to in my car, so the caller was still on the line. We all heard him gasp and yell into the phone “Oh! No! NO! The second tower!” He paused again, then into the silence he said softly “The second tower is gone. The Twin Towers have fallen.” Everyone in the store was just glued to the radio. I remember thinking that this must have been similar to the JFK assasination. As the day unfolded, we learn that the Pentagon had also been hit (by something.. some people claim it was no plane at all, but a warhead), people were jumping out of windows, all the firefighters that went in Tower 1 were dead, and some brave passengers over Pennsylvania had saved countless lives in the capitol building by rushing the cockpit in the last hijacked plane. Later, all flights are cancelled, the stock exchange closes, and Tower 7 falls.
Sometime at about 6pm that day, I get off of work and go home, where Meggie is sitting in front of the TV, where she’s been for the past 10 hours. I look at the TV, where they’re showing pictures on the hijackers. I then asked “Does it look as bad as it sounds over the radio?” She looks at me with tear-streaks on her face and says “Worse. It’s worse.” Just then, they flipped back to shots of plane 2 ramming the second tower. It wasn’t until later that the news found one lucky video of the first hit. Meggie was right. It was worse. I just sat there with her and cried. I don’t even know how long I sat there in tears. I just couldn’t stop thinking about the people that had died, terrified.
Even now, I still cry when I see video of the towers falling. 2973 people either burned, were crushed, were blown to bits or jumped from the windows. I just saw this site: here, and find it interesting that the building clearly explodes before the plane actually hits it… may be a fake, dunno. Go see for yourself.