A Somber Anniversary

It seems appropriate to post something to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11.

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September 11, 2001, found us living in Austin, Texas, with two small children. Greta was 2.5 years and Angela was 10 months old. I remember the phone ringing early in the morning. A friend told me to turn on the news. I was as shocked as the rest of the world. As the images splashed across the screen, I heard a small voice. Unbeknownst to me, Greta had wandered into the room and was watching behind me. Her tiny voice jolted me into consciousness of my own surroundings. She said, “Mommy, someone needs to put a Band-Aid on that building.” I turned the screen off, relying on radio for the rest of the day,

I doubt that I can add anything to the poignant memorials and recollections of others this day. So I thought I would direct people to a couple videos and one written piece.

Since 2005, Story Corps has worked to record memories of each individual lost in the attacks. My brothers-in-law, Mike and Tim, were the animators for three of these stories. Their short film “John and Joe” is my favorite.

“BOATLIFT: An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience” is narrated by Tom Hanks and describes the maritime evacuation of Lower Manhattan.

Finally, this piece “Remember Todd Beamer of United 93” is a fantastic recollection of the events on United Flight 93.

I hope this curated list will be of benefit as we remember the unimaginable bravery of others on a day of unthinkable tragedy.

6 thoughts on “A Somber Anniversary

  1. I sat in the hospital with my 8+ hour old first child as all this unfolded! Never will I forget that day! Happy 20th Birthday Ben as we celebrate at the ND football game! Some good did happen that terrible day! May God comfort all who lost loved ones that day!!


  2. My heart still breaks thinking of the lost life’s and the devastation! And first responders are still loosing their live from all of the toxic Smoke and debris. Such a sad day of remembrance for us ALL!!


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