Monday, September 11, 2006

Tuesday, September 11th 2001

To day, I remember Anthony Hawkins. He was a 30 year old maintenance worker with cantor Fitzgerald, from New York City. His friends and family remember Anthony, ("BA" as his friends would call him) as a kind and warm hearted person. He never missed a good party and never came empty handed! I am proud to honor Anthony Hawkins on the 5 year anniversary of September 11th.

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As I remember, I think back to where I was that morning...

I was working the early morning show 5 years ago. We had just finished our last news break for the morning. We were in the process of having our usual post meeting, when all of a sudden we see that the network was breaking in with breaking news.

I stood there looking at a live picture from a skycam pointed at the world trade centers, as they broke in with live coverage. Bryant Gumbel was talking about a supposed plane flying in to one of the buildings. While network was airing this live picture, I see in the corner of the screen another plane about to hit the second tower...

The plane hits the second tower. All I heard was screams coming from the entire newsroom, from myself as well as the network announcer over the air. Never in my life have I seen such a emotional reaction coming from a newsroom, like I did that day. It hit everyone pretty deep inside.

Working in television news, you always have the thought that you've seen and heard everything and nothing can shock you, or tap in to your emotions. Not that day, that day my heart hurt, I was confused and nothing made sense.

Everyone at the news station, we all walked around as if in some type of trance or daze. Trying to collect ourselves and do what we're suppose to do, what we all did best, tell the stories and share the news with the world. It was an amazing sight to see every single person, even the one's who weren't suppose to be at work that day come in to help in any way possible.

We all have our differences, but on that day, we all came together, supporting each other, hugged each other, talking and simply being there to listen.

I live far from New York and the World Trade Centers and I wasn't there that morning. But I think every single American was impacted, each of our lives have been touched and changed forever on that surreal day.

I'm sure each and every one of you has a story about where you were, what you were doing and how you reacted on that day. I'd love to hear about it as we all take time today to remember every single person who's life was lost.

16 Comments:

Blogger Mighty Dyckerson said...

An excellent idea, RevRee. I invite your readers to post their 9/11 memories in the comments section of MY 9/11 post, which is far superior to this one.

Let us never forget...that MY BLOG WON THE BLOG FEUD!!!

Sun Sep 10, 10:27:00 PM  
Blogger ...That Bitchy Chick said...

This is definitely a day that we, as Americans, will never forget. I posted my accounts and experiences of 9/11 on my blog if you'd like to read it.

Mon Sep 11, 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous jane said...

This is a very nice tribute. Thank you for telling us about Anthony. I also have a 2996 post, if you'd like to read it.

Mon Sep 11, 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger Jodi said...

Touching post. I too put up a post remembering 9/11. I can't even come up with any sarcastic wit for Dyckie-Doo.

Mon Sep 11, 02:25:00 PM  
Blogger Little Lamb said...

What about my 9/11 memories> Huh? You forgot about me!

Mon Sep 11, 03:29:00 PM  
Blogger RevRee said...

First Hushy, now Dyckerson is trying to soliciting my readers? That's uncalled for! Not today babe.

By the way, Dyckerson, I'm really impressed with your blog post...you really do have a heart.

B'Diva & Jane: Thank you for stopping by. I will take time today and look at your blogs, thanks for sharing :-)

Jodi: Thanks for your comment. I just got back from reading your blog post, really touching.

Lamby: I have no idea what you're talking about. Please take this blog post serious. It's not about you.

Mon Sep 11, 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger thebillofbrothers said...

I used to hear people say "I'll never forget where I was when..." and I'd think that they just had a better memory than me. 911 changed that for me along with many other aspects - the other changes have been talked about by many others so that's something I'd point out.

My ex was home sick and I was up at the crack with the boys. I had just called in to work when I saw the first tower was smoking. I woke my ex up and explained as she has a bunch of family working in the city.

When the second plane hit my mind went blank. The odds right? My next thought was one of sinking helplessness. What was going to happen next? What city? Where? How?

As the first and then the second towers came down, I couldn't help but have tears fill my eyes. My older son asked me what was wrong. I wanted to respond honestly but he couldn't hear what I had to say, not now, not at his age.

When he gets older I hope to remember the emotions I had so I can pass the experience on to both my sons.

Mon Sep 11, 03:58:00 PM  
Blogger Crashtest Comic said...

Five years after 9/11, the question becomes:

are we going to let the REAL people responsible for 9/11 continue to operate with impunity, and absolute power? Or are we, as Americans, willing to stand up against a regime that may have stolen an eleciton and bombed its own people?

Mon Sep 11, 06:57:00 PM  
Blogger DykesDog said...

Thanks Rev for the idea of dedicating our blogs to someone lost in the WTC today ... believe it or not it has helped me deal with the day.

Mon Sep 11, 08:17:00 PM  
Blogger Crashtest Comic said...

You see, the emotion that wells up in me on the 9/11 Anniversary isn't sorrow--it's rage.

Rage & fear.

Beacuse I know that we were all lied to, that we all beleieved what we saw on TV and excepted what we were told to believe.

The Embedded Media is partly responsible for this (embedded meaning: In Bed With the Government.)

Isn't it strange that King Bush II used the 9/11 attacks to invade an oile rich country THAT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH 9/11 OR WMD OR DEMOCRACY UNDER ATTACK...?!

Are we still entrusting the lives of our children with Illuminati madmen?

Mon Sep 11, 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger RevRee said...

Billy: Thank you for your post. It's amazing to see all the different stories and how we were all impacted that day.

DykesDog: I'm glad you stopped by. It's helped me as well, reading everyone posts today.

Crash: Please respect my wishes and refrain from making conspiratorial remarks on my comments today.

Mon Sep 11, 09:00:00 PM  
Anonymous dr. kenneth noisewater said...

I'm incapable of being serious, and I can't make light of anything that has to do with 9-11, so I'll just make a butt with the keyboard:

(_l_)

Mon Sep 11, 11:35:00 PM  
Blogger puerileuwaite said...

I can't do it. This day isn't about what I was doing. It's a vivid, front-row-center reminder of man's inhumanity to man. Hatred, ignorance, and intolerance destroying lives, families and futures. Sorry for the somber tone.

Tue Sep 12, 12:00:00 AM  
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