Why I will always remember

Date Submitted: 04/11/2002
Author Info: Brian (New York - USA) 
Occupation: Internet Developer/Designer
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: Yes
Knew someone who perished?: No

That day will be etched in my mind forever. At first I thought “Will these images that I have witnessed today ever escape my eyes and mind?” It was as if my eyes open or closed could always see the same things. Now after 7 months, although the images are slightly more vague, I still cannot seem when I close my eyes and see peace yet. An image of the WTC that I try to bring to my mind instead is that day is when I first came to the city about 5 years ago. I was walking down 6th Avenue and West 4th. I remember how massive even from there the towers were and at night the lights shinning bright wondering “man I wonder who pays the most electricity in those buildings.” It took me about a month to get off at that stop after 9/11 knowing that they were really not there.

What I do now is remember…alot…and instead of sadness, although there is some, I try to carry on the towers memories. The last time I saw them unharmed and perfect was at 3am on Sept. 11th morning. I was wrapping up a first date with a girl who lived in S.I. who needed to catch the ferry to go home. I will never forget saying “You know someday we should go up there for a drink.” I felt such peace and happpiness to hold her hand and to look at the signature impression of NY and our free world and for a moment feel peace and what is was to be content with your life. Now it is time I realize to feel that again and to never take for granted (as I usually have not), life and prosperity. I now leave a picture at the memorial park on the 11th of each month and it helps me to not just “get through” these times, but to also remember how I truly love NYC and why I was here that day and still. Thanks to all who read this and I wish the world peace, and hope all is well forever in NYC and for it’s angels of 9/11 rest in peace.


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