Tuesday, September 11, 2012

11th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks

Sign outside a Hallmark Card Store at the Empire State Plaza underground mall, taken the morning of September 11, 2012.

Last year at this time I was in New York City for the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Today, this morning, it was just as crisp and cool and clear as the morning of 9-11-01. I had been in the City a few days before and remember the twin towers standing tall and strong. The night before 9-11 I was at the Albany Broadcasting Studios, working the 6-Midnight news reporting/anchoring shift. Late in the evening I turned the newsroom tv on and flipped to Channel 11, where there didn't seem to be much in the way of "hard" news - they showed some video of what one of the anchors described as "odd lightning" appearing in the Manhattan sky.

Next morning I was working at my marketing job in Colonie - just after 0900 the fellow in the next cubicle, none other than DJ Kuttmasta Supreme, reached over and tapped me on the shoulder: "Hey Lucas, I'm on the line with this lady in New York she says she just looked out her office window and saw a airplane hit the twin towers." (Must have been UA flight 175).

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Casey Dinkin played her song "The Light of New York City"
at a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony...

"The broken pieces of yesterday's life" - lyrics from an old Jimi Hendrix song came to mind today as I mingled with the firefighters and family members who came to downtown Albany for a day of remembrance. I was there reporting for WAMC.

Below: flowers and other remembrances placed on the front bumper of Engine 6.

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