It has been 10 years since the 2001 attack on America, but the memories of that day will stick with all Americans, particularly those of us whose lives have been scarred by terrorism, for the rest of our days. The day haunts me at times unexpectedly. A couple of days ago while watching the 1997 film Men In Black with my kids I noticed the scene where Will Smith delivers an alien child in the backseat of a car in New Jersey. Prominently in the background stood the two majestic towers on another bright, sunny day, the image now a stark reminder of their absence. The image below was captured from the movie trailer.
Yahoo currently has a 9-11 10 year anniversary image site running, and in that is a collection of the 25 most stark images from the day, some of which I hadn't seen before. The Falling Man photo is in there, as is an image of the North Tower on fire from the first impact, with Flight 175 in the background approaching its impact with the South Tower. There's also an image of White House Chief of Staff whispering the news of the attack to President George W. Bush. Yahoo includes the following in the caption:
Ten years later, one of the kids who was there in that class, Chantal Guerrero, told Time magazine that to this day she's grateful that Bush -- obviously profoundly upset about something that Card had told him -- maintained his composure and stayed with the students until the book they were reading, The Pet Goat, was finished. "I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out," Guerrero said, "so we all wouldn't freak out."
I recently discussed this topic with my older daughters, who had seen a news report following up with the children in that class. My daughters agreed that it was probably best for the class that Mr. Bush had kept his calm in that moment, just as those children now think. Michael Moore et. al. may want to rethink the "My Pet Goat" line of attack. Go through the photos slowly and absorb them all.
Speaking of Mr. Bush, here's a brief documentary video of his pitch at Yankee Stadium, including Derek Jeter adding to the already enormous pressure. The President threw a strike.
Here are a few additional links.
- National Geographic's "Inside 9/11" documentary series. Click on the "videos" tab.
- Lots of audio, video and still images, as well as remembrances and links at this September 11 Memorial website. Plan to spend some time there.
- A&E is showing Flight 93 now, and after that showing the History Channel's "102 Minutes That Changed America." Linked here.
And finally, the History Channel's documentary on the World Trade Center itself, in "Modern Marvels"
Previous JTF September 11 posts:
- 2005: Remembrances Real And Imagined
- 2006: A Transforming Dawn
- 2007: We Remember
- 2008: There Are Some Things We Probably Shouldn't Forget and Yahoo! Forgets
- 2009: September 11: Eight Years On
- 2010: Nine Years From Darkness
9/11/2011: A couple of additional links. Hot Air's Ed Morrissey hosts his local 9-11 remembrance, and gives us his stirring open comment. And Professor Jacobson at LegalInsurrection remembers well, quite well.