giaportfolio

Remembering 9/11

Posted on: September 11, 2013

9.11

I was sitting in class my freshmen year at NYU, and a loud noise sounded. “Damn that construction,” my teacher cursed. We had yet to realize what that noise really was.

When I left the building, people seemed frantic outside. I bumped into a friend who pointed at the sky and said “Look!”

I looked. I’ll never forget that image. What a beautiful blue-skied day, those towers shining like crystal when I walked to class, and what a burning mess it was now. Debris and un-breathable air.

Click below to read more…

That smell still stings. I began walking up Fifth Avenue to my dorm in a state of shock. My street had already been shut down, news and radio vans were everywhere, people were everywhere. Firefighters, police and the military populated the street.

Still confused, I pulled out my cell phone to call someone, but it was inoperable (I soon found out my land line was too; I had no way to talk to my parents). I walked to my dorm and watched TV with my roommates, the story slowly unraveling. We later waited on line for three hours to donate blood. We had no words.

Time went on in that haze, our city becoming a ghost town. Classes were canceled. Stores and businesses shut down. The only sounds we heard for the next week were sirens and helicopters, as our street was still closed off to cars.  We glued ourselves to the TV, volunteered, helped out strangers and attended numerous candlelight vigils, trying to grasp what had happened.

All of the crazy chaos that followed that day, week and months afterward is still as crystal clear in my mind as it was twelve years ago, the day that the world changed forever.

Reflect, remember and be generous to your fellow citizens today.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow giaportfolio on WordPress.com
%d bloggers like this: