Thursday, September 13, 2007
As I write this, it is Tuesday, September 11. Six years ago on a very similar Tuesday morning the first airplane in a series of four, crashed into the Twin Towers in New York City.
Pam, our editor’s wife, called us at the office to tell Barry that another plane had just crashed into the south tower. That was the first I’d heard in what was to become a horrific day.
It seems like I spent the rest of the day scurrying back and forth from C.B. and Marie McClatchy’s hardware store across the street and Burdett’s Cleaners just down the street. They had televisions; we don’t.
It’s hard to remember now exactly how I felt that day, but it seems like I was sadder than I’ve ever been.
Perhaps like many of us, what I wanted to do was go to a place of comfort and pray. My first choice would have been my own church, but second choice was a favorite — First Presbyterian Church. That sanctuary “feels” like my church’s sanctuary.
Today, remembering, I’m wishing all the churches were open for prayer again.
Timeline: 8:46, Tuesday morning September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked by terrorists.
American Airlines Flight 11, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. There were 92 people aboard, including nine flight attendants and two pilots.
At 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower, carrying 65 people, including seven flight attendants and two pilots.
At 9:38 a.m., American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. There were 64 people aboard, including four flight attendants and two pilots.
At 10:10 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 crashed southeast of Pittsburgh carrying 45 people, including five flight attendants and two pilots. It is believed that Flight 93 was headed for the White House when some of the passengers rushed the terrorists, causing them to miss their intended target and crash into a field in Pittsburgh.
May God bless all the heroes who have lost their lives that day.
A by-the-numbers look at the World Trade Center cleanup:
Tons of debris removed: 1,642,698
Tons of debris in steel: 190,568
Number of truckloads required: 108,444
Days of labor for cleanup: 242
Hours of labor: 1,642,698
Number of serious injuries incurred during cleanup: 35
Total killed at the WTC on Sept. 11: 2,823
Victims positively identified: 1,102
Body parts collected: Over 19,500
Death certificates issued without a body: 1,616
Average number of viewing platform tickets issued daily: 6,000
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