Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 11, 2016

It has been fifteen years and I  still remember standing in the cafeteria with my co-workers on that beautiful September morning watching in horror and disbelief as the second plane hit the tower.

My cousin Chris at Bell Island in Norwak Connecticut. From this location the smoke was visible from the burning towers in New York City. This photo was taken in June of 2008. His brothers were in the city on that day.

A much earlier undated photo of my cousin Chris  taken in New York City with the Towers visible in the background

Private Memorial Garden erected in North Truro in Cape Cod at a rental property where my cousins were staying.

North Truro Memorial - The owner of the property had a connection with the crew members of Flight 1l.

John A. Ogonowski (February 24, 1951 – September 11, 2001) was an American pilot and an agricultural activist. A resident of Dracut, Massachusetts, Ogonowski was a leading advocateon behalf of farming in Massachusetts, particularly in aiding immigrant farmers from Cambodia,[1] whom he assisted as part of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. He was murdered by terrorists while piloting American Airlines Flight 11, which was subsequently hijacked and flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the 9/11 attacks.At the time of her death, Betty Ong lived in Andover, Massachusetts. On September 11, 2001, Ong assigned herself to Flight 11, so she could return to Los Angeles and go on vacation to Hawaiiwith her sister. During the hijacking, she used a telephone card to call in to American Airlines' operations/Raleigh reservations center, from the plane's rear galley; identified herself and alerted the supervisor that the aircraft had been hijacked. Along with fellow flight attendant Madeline Amy Sweeney, she relayed a report of the seat numbers of three hijackers. During her Airfonecall, she reported that none of the crew could contact the cockpit nor open its door, a passenger (Daniel M. Lewin) and two (unnamed, cockpit key-carrying) flight attendants had been stabbed and that she thought someone had sprayed Mace in the business class cabin.
Source - Wikipedia

Mark Knopfler wrote this song after learning about the phone calls made by victims of 9-11, to their wives/husbands/parents/friends/children. What must they have been thinking as they awaited the certain outcome?