LONDON: The Racing Journal
VALLEY STREAM, N.Y. — Sorry, racing is on the back burner this week. This is being written on Friday Sept. 9.
I just watched the noon news. Manhattan, just 20 miles from here is being turned upside down, checking for terrorist activity that would jolt the 9/11commemoration on Sunday.
I don’t take a lot of things seriously but the events of 10 years ago makes one pause and reflect. This was the worst tragedy in the 235-year history of this country, which had always lived in peace.
I think of the more than 2,000 people who went to work at the World Trade Center(s), minding their own business, just trying to get through another day, who never came home and their families who went through anxious days and hours waiting. I had worked there myself a few days.
More compelling was the incredibly brave uniformed personal who ran into those falling buildings to save lives. Many of them never came home either. The sight of people jumping to their obvious demise was very heart-wrenching.
I remember 9/11/01 was a beautiful Tuesday. On my morning coffee break, I skipped the Folgers and relaxed in my car at a park. I was listening to Howard Stern’s radio show when the news of the attack was told. I thought at first, it was another Stern goof. I wish it was.
When I returned to work. I encountered a woman, very upset because her husband was a NYC policeman. She had no idea what his fate was. I hope he was one of the lucky ones.
I will never forget two days later, leaving my house for work. The wind had shifted and the awful acrid smell was terrible.
Even though 10 years has passed, there are further casualties. Rescuers and recovery personal have gotten sick and died from the pollution. Many are still stricken from it and face mortality.
The worst part was seeing on TV, people from the Middle East, dancing in the streets, hearing of our tragedy.
Let’s not forget those extremely brave people aboard Flight 93, who may have saved our land was more devastation. A lot of people stood tall that day. They should always be remembered and respected.
9/11/01 took something out of all of us. Let’s hope it’s the last such event in our memory.