Perhaps some of you remember this? The Word Trade Center a week before 9-11. Found this photo-documentary by Mariano Airaldi with music by Charly Garcia. An interesting view of the interior of the World Trade Center and people in everyday actions in them taken a week before the 9/11 attacks.
And as we approach the NEVER AGAIN Rally on June 6, at Ground Zero
We recommend these eyewitness reports :
This is the location today (1 short block from the statement that follows)
The proposed mosque at Park Pl and West Broadway
Park Place and West Broadway….
On the corner of Park Place and West Broadway, it is as dark as night. Plumes of orange smoke curl out of the windows of 7 World Trade Center. A fireman says the building is going to collapse: “We’ve stopped trying to put out the fire.” A strange calm envelops the street as several dozen cops, firemen, EMS workers, and INS people in black helmets and vests stare silently at the building. Pieces of No. 7 begin to fall. There are no sounds of impact; each landing is silenced by the thick carpet of dust and paper. Suddenly, just before 3 p.m., there are screams: “Clear the area. Everybody out. Now. The building’s going to fall.” Perhaps it’s weariness, but nobody runs. Everyone just moves deliberately. The building doesn’t fall yet.
William Delemo’s bodega on Church and Chambers is closed to civilians. He says he saw the first plane hit because it was so low over his shop. “People died right over there,” he says, indicating a spot three blocks north of the World Trade Center. The listener is skeptical, so he shows the outline in the dust of where one of the engines landed on a woman. “It was the worst thing I ever saw.”
At 10:01 a.m., filmmaker Tony Bui was sprinting away from his apartment on Greenwich and Rector Streets, trying to outrun the wall of dust and debris. People were tripping, falling, choking in the cloud; he held his sweater over his mouth and raced into the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, climbing around and over stopped cars. “So much debris and soot and smoke went into the tunnel with us that it was hard to breathe in there,” he says. “I thought we were gone. It was like Pompeii.” But up ahead, some women found a service door. “I heard this massive yelling — Go to the door! Go to the door! — and everyone just ran.” Seconds later, they were in another section of the tunnel, still packed with frozen traffic, but where the air, at least, was clear. They ran the rest of the way to Brooklyn, emerging into the sun on the Gowanus Expressway.
Laura Florman sits in the courtyard of Independence Plaza, the high-rise where she’s lived for 22 years. Her 38th-floor apartment faced the Twin Towers, four blocks away. “The worst part was the people jumping out,” she whispers. “There must have been a dozen or twenty that I saw. There was one man tethered to a rope, swinging, and then the rope broke.”
After the second hit, Jeffrey Corbin, a psychiatrist at St. Clare’s Hospital, was asked to help staff an observation area. A firefighter was the first to arrive, he says. “He thought he was having a heart attack. He wasn’t — but he’d inhaled a lot of debris. As doctors worked on him, he started saying, ‘I don’t know where my buddy is.’ His team was at the first collapsed building trying to dig people out when the second building collapsed. His buddy just disappeared.” Throughout the morning, security guards, firemen, and police officers described the scene to him. “Guys were saying, ‘I signed up to be a police officer, not to be in a war zone.’ One woman came out of the building and looked up and saw a woman holding a baby in her arms jump out a window.”
I know there are bodies in there,” Father Alfred Guthrie, a Catholic priest, says to two firemen on Vesey Street as he climbs a pile of rubble perhaps twenty feet high. In a slow, mechanical voice, one says, “That building is going to fall.” He points at No. 7, which is already listing. Father Guthrie climbs back out. “I have to get to the bodies,” he says. He finds only one, with no sign of trauma, or religion. A policeman in tears grabs him — he’d lost brothers.
“I was on the 98th floor,” says Kevin Dorrian, a carpenter leaning against a van on Franklin Street around 1:30 with some fellow union members. “I saw a friend of mine get blown out the window. He was right there, three feet from me. He was putting up blinds. I couldn’t do nothing. I took the stairs down, past the fires. I saw a light, a fucking lamppost light, blow up. The glass flew into a person. Killed him immediately.” Dorrian’s waiting to be allowed to go back in, to dig through the rubble.
By 4 p.m., reinforcements at Engine Company 24 and Ladder Company 5, at Sixth Avenue and King Street, are waiting to go look for their friends. Thirteen men from the overnight shift had been among the first firefighters at the scene. “My husband’s new,” says one young woman crying in front of the station. “He just started.” (To read all of the statements of the eyewitnesses to 9-11, go here>>)
WHY a Rally at Ground Zero on June 6th? To remember two life-altering days in American history. D-day, is when our brave young men took to the beaches of Normandy, France and led the way to finally ending a brutal World War; a moment in our history that had an enormous impact on that generation and their children, just as 9-11 has had on ours…
D-Day occurred on June 6, 1944, and involved U.S., Canadian, and British troops invading the beaches of Normandy in order to liberate the oppressed European peoples and stop the Nazi Army.
What follows is General Eisenhower’s Letter to the D-Day Soldiers
SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND AIRMEN OF THE ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY FORCE!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United States have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned ! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory !
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory !
Good Luck ! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.
[signed] Dwight D. Eisenhower
Most of those who fought and landed at Normandy were twenty years old or younger (my father-in-law was one of them,an Italian kid from Hells Kitchen) and thanks to these brave young men the Allies established a stable beachhead and quickly took control of occupied France. The D-Day invasion led the way to Berlin and thus, the end of the war.
Which is why we will be at Ground Zero on June 6, 2010; our beachhead. BE THERE! Remember those who were murdered on 9-11. Give thanks to those who fought and died on June 6, 1944 . In their name , pledge to NEVER FORGET.
If there is any question as to whether the planned mosque(s) are inappropriately close to hallowed ground, take this quick tour from the S.E corner of Ground Zero to the “Ground Zero” mosque.Take Note: the new building is rising at the S/E corner…the pit is beginning to disappear….
We drove from the S/E corner of Ground Zero, but it’s not a long walk (that’s the point) to show how close Ground Zero is to the proposed ‘Ground Zero” mosque.
Honor and respect those murdered on 9-11 by saying NO TO a MOSQUE AT GROUND ZERO.
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