September 11, 2016

The Fifteenth 9/11

Ben Sturner, the self-professed amateur photographer captured a striking ray of light beaming off World Trade Center on September 8, 2016.  He described it as a "weird, reflective light" that lasted for about 10 minutes.

 World-Trade-Rainbow

There are still wonderful untold stories about that fateful day.

Fifteen years ago, the most incredible marine rescue occurred on the island of Manhattan. BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience  (video at link).

The Miracle of Ladder Company 6

THEY WENT IN to fight a fire. They’re alive, they say, because they stayed together to save a life. This is the story of Ladder Company 6 and a woman they call their guardian angel, Josephine Harris.

The suicide mission of Heather Penny, the female fighter pilot whose task was to bring down Flight 93

"We wouldn't be shooting it down. We'd be ramming the aircraft," she told The Post. "I would essentially be a kamikaze pilot."

Penney, whose nickname is coincidentally Lucky, was a 26-year-old rookie pilot at the Andrews Air Force Base at the time. Not only had she just completed air combat training, but she was also part of the first group of female combat pilots our country has ever had.

The Tribute in Lights is a truly great memorial displayed from sundown on September 11 until sunrise on September 12 to honor those who were lost on 9/11. The New York Times as a wonderful video of The Towering Lights of 9/11.

 Towering Lights Of 9:11

9/11 survivors: We were saved by the man with the red bandanna

On Sept. 11, 2001, Welles Crowther sat at his desk on the 104th floor in the south tower of the World Trade Center and dialed his mother’s cellphone. His mother, Alison, never heard the call. Welles left a short message. “Mom . . . this is Welles. I . . . I want you to know that I’m OK.”  The time was 9:12 a.m. They were the last words his family would ever hear him speak.
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Twenty-four years old and fresh from college, Welles put his firefighting ambitions aside for a job with Sandler O’Neill, a small but powerful investment banking firm in the World Trade Center.  He may have looked the part of an investment banker, but there was one unorthodox piece to his personal dress code, not visible at first. It was a constant, tucked in the back right pocket of every set of trousers and every pair of suit pants.  It was a red bandanna his father had given him when he was a boy. “You can always keep this back there,” his father, Jeff, told him then. “You’ll always have it if you need it.”  From that moment, he kept it in his back right pocket, every day

......The FDNY credits Welles with saving at least five people. It is impossible to say for sure, but it could’ve been more.

The story of the man in the red bandanna, and those he saved, would spread....A replica red bandanna is on display at the museum today — in tribute to Welles.

Peggy Noonan Remembering a Hero, 15 Years After 9/11

Welles was beloved—bright, joyous, grounded. Family was everything to him. He idolized his father, Jefferson, a banker and volunteer fireman. They went to the firehouse together when Welles was a child. Welles would clean the trucks, getting in close where no one else could fit. One Sunday when Welles was 7 or 8 his mother dressed him for church in his first suit. His father had a white handkerchief in his breast pocket. Could he have one? Jefferson put one in Welles’s front pocket and then took a colored one and put it in Welles’s back pocket. One’s for show, he said, the other’s for blow.

“Welles kept it with him, a connection to his father,” said Alison Crowther this week by phone. “He carried a red bandanna all his life.” It was a talisman but practical, too. It could clean up a mess. When he’d take it from his pocket at Sandler O’Neill they’d tease him. What are you, a farmer? That is from Tom Rinaldi’s lovely book “The Red Bandanna,” which came out this week. He’d tease back: “With this bandanna I’m gonna change the world.”  And he did.
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The way I see it, courage comes from love. There’s a big unseen current of love that hums through the world, and some plug into it more than others, more deeply and surely, and they get more power from it. And it fills them with courage. It makes everything possible.

People see the fallen, beat-up world around them and ask: What can I do? Maybe: Be like Welles Crowther. Take your bandanna, change the world.


Tribute-In-Light 911 Bridge

 Inside 911 Tribute-In-Lights
The Tribute in Lights, seen while looking up from inside one of the two installations

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