Originally published on September 11, 2016
On a brilliantly clear September day in 2001, a team of volunteer EMTs from Shelter Island climbed into two ambulances fully loaded with emergency medical supplies and drove west. (more…)
The memorial ceremony here on the Island made me think back to that clear sunny day in 2001 when everything changed.
In the days immediately following the 9/11 attacks, the task of memorializing the many who perished fell in some cases to those grieving multiple losses.
In the early 1970s, Jim Hull was one of the 3,600 ironworkers who built the World Trade Center.
He lived in Queens but he loved to get to the site early in the morning, sit on a bench with a cup of coffee and listen to the city come to life.
“Total silence, then the fans started up on top of the buildings, then the traffic started and the horns and by 9 o’clock the jack hammers were going and the beast was alive,” Jim said. “It was just beautiful.” (more…)