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Thursday, 12th September 2013

Twelve years since the World Trade Centre towers were destroyed, hard to believe so much time has passed.  i watched a short program about the Falling Man photo last night and it brought it all back.  i don't remember seeing that photo; did it even get a showing over here?  i can believe how deeply it affected people and why it wasn't given a wide showing, but to me it epitomises not only the sheer horror but astounding bravery of that day.  Many won't remember 125 were killed at the Pentagon, in comparison to New York.  Worse still over 400 rescue personnel were killed that day.  It was only one day of terrorism but the sheer scale of it was staggering and drove it home to America as nothing had ever done in peacetime.  We share our cousins' pain and continued grief.


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Sep. 14th, 2013 12:14 am (UTC)
I never saw that photo either. I heard that there were people who jumped to their deaths (more afraid of burning to death) but I think that most of the photos I saw were more life-affirming/uplifting. This is awfully bleak and depressing.

That whole day is still too disturbing to me, I cannot watch any memorials or anything because I just get too freaked out. I don't think I'll ever be able to watch the movie made about flight 93:
the people on board had had calls about the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon when their flight was highjacked.... and they fought, crashing the plane they were on, to keep it from being another weapon.

Sep. 14th, 2013 11:54 am (UTC)
The program said most of the USA buried that picture as it upset people too much. i guess i can see why. It was reported maybe 200? jumped and apart from the stark horror of that, all i could think of was the poor people who had the dreadful task of taking them up. i was amazed they actually made films about it at all - i'm not even sure i can explain how bad i think that is - making money off them, like robbing the dead somehow. It's like the people who used to wander over battlefields, stripping the bodies of anything they could use or sell, you know what i mean?
Sep. 15th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
I can't bear to think of the Falling Man and the others that jumped, which is worse, to jump or to burn? Both are my idea of the most horrific deaths. :( I watched The Falling Man documentary a good while ago and couldn't bear to watch it again so I chose to watch 'Phone calls from the Towers' or whatever it was called, instead. So very upsetting, but I felt I should watch at least one programme of the many that were on so that they won't be forgotten. Cried of course. Those poor people and the poor people/families left behind. :( It's the kind of disaster like the Titanic which lives on in people's memories when other disasters have been forgotten, but this is worse because man did it to fellow man. I can't bear it.
Sep. 15th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
*hugs Ditto*
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