Sunday, September 10, 2006
I thought that I had seen and heard all I could stand to see and hear about September 11, 2001. But I just saw an amazing documentary about it. It begins with a quest to follow a rookie firefighter during his probationary period as a new fireman. The quest resulted in the only known video of the first plane striking the World Trade Center.
I couldn’t take my eyes off it. It was filmed by brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet. Jules was with the firemen inside Tower One when Tower Two collapsed. I’ve never seen anything like this before.
You think you have seen and heard it all about the events of September 11. The planes hitting the Twin Towers, people standing shocked in the streets, firemen rushing into the buildings, the two collapses, the dust, the confusion. You’ve seen it all so often on television that they no longer retain the power to shock you.
But if you watched this 9/11 documentary, you heard the sound of people striking the sidewalk outside Tower One. The firemen couldn’t use the closest door to them to evacuate because it wasn’t safe. It wasn’t safe because of bodies falling outside. This film is different from what you have seen before. If you get a chance to see this documentary, you should do it.
We all remember where we were when we got the news about the attacks. Exactly what we were doing when we heard. I was thinking about my Mama that morning. September 11, 2001 was the first birthday she missed. She would have been 92 that day, but she had died in February. I guess I’m kinda glad she didn’t have to see what happened that day.