5 years ago today…

I was in Stockholm in the middle of a job interview when my mobile started to vibrate at about 3 o’clock. I answered it an hour later in total disbelief. What does this have to do with london? Well todays date and the events in NYC five years ago will be on many Londoners’ minds today especially as a lot of people from London themselves lost their lives leaving behind families still dealing with the loss.

I know where I was that day, where were you? I’d been up the South (?) Tower a year before and marvelled at the sheer size of both buildings. The views from the observation floor were amazing. The roof that day was closed, so I thought ..’ah, well another day huh?’

Now that we’ve reached the symbolic fifth year is it time to quietly let those here, in the US and around the world carry on in the grief without the media attention? Is it time finally to move on, but never forget?

My thoughts today are very much with those everywhere that suffered that day.

4 Comments so far

  1. Daneeta Loretta Saft (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    I was in my flat on Greek Street with P.J. We had just started our penultimate term at film school and were preparing for our upcoming shoot. New Zealander J.P., my neighbor from upstairs, started banging on my door. “They’re bombing America! They’re bombing America!” he was shouting. I didn’t have a T.V. at the time, so we went up to J.P.’s flat to see what was going on. We saw the 2nd plane hit the towers live. It was surreal…like a film…but not. I’ll never forget that day.

  2. alex (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 1:10 pm

    I was at home ill. It was a strange day as normally the house is empty during the day with everyone at work but both my dad and i were off ill from work and mum was at home. we were watching rubbish day time tv when a news report came on explaining what was happening. Its was strange that I was with my parents and I’m glad I was as I would have been scared on my own.
    I havent’t yet got to New York but have always thought that I would see the towers when I went, it will be very strange when I get there and they won’t be there.

  3. sean (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 9:25 pm

    Alex, as strange as it seems they’ve only been there since the early/mid 70s. As all cities do, New York will move on.

  4. Flora (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 5:42 pm

    I was woken up very early by a phone call, as I was living 3 hours earlier than New York at the time. My work was closed (it was in a highrise) and I spent all day watching CNN at my brother’s office. In retrospect I wish that I hadn’t–I think that exposing myself to the TV coverage all day was mentally unhealthy.

    Five years…I still well up when I read about the experiences that people suffered.

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