Memories of 9/11-I believe Angels brought me out

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Every year I think the memories and visions will fade, but I am shocked 12 years later to have the visions be as clear as if it was yesterday. I was at Ground Zero - directly across the street in what was known as Bankers Trust / Deutsche Bank Plaza on the 39th floor, having arrived at work around an hour earlier. My building was the one so prevelant in all the news that ensued - the big black one covered by black tarp for months to follow. Part of the first Tower fell on the building. Here is a picture of where I worked:


At the time the tower started to fall, my friend (I later came to call her my 9/11 buddy), were still standing less than 1 block away, having already walked down the stairs with so many others, waiting on line to use the phone in a phonebooth - our cells were already not working. When I looked up, I saw - I thought - the tower starting to fall directly in our direction. I turned to my friend and screamed "RUN" (although I have no recollection of hearing myself or anything else). So begins my "war story." We all saw things that day that no human should have to see, indeed no human being should have had to do to make the choices they did to escape the inferno.

I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge with thousands of other NYC refugees. As we walked, we would all move to the side - without speaking a word, as the occassional fire engines and emergency vehicles would go by - toward the mayhem, as we tried to escaped it - roaring toward the fire, the buildings collapsing, the people dying . . . still trapped. They were coming into the city from every borough . . . racing . . . desperate to save lives giving no thought to their own.

We didn't know still, if the whole world was at war or if anything would be left of our homes wherever we were trying to get home to . . . It took around 10 hours for me to arrive at my home finally, with my "9/11 buddy" in tow. We were still gagging and spitting up the black/gray pulverized cement and whatever else was mixed in with it, that we had choked on when the tower fell and the giant plume covered us like some eerie, horrific black snow that covered us head to foot.

God sent Angels that day to lead me out - nothing will ever convince me that was not so.
I best stop here - this is what happens - I start to say a few words about the day, and can't help launching into the war story. I survived. Many did not. Let us remember.
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    Nancy, I don't know if you will even see this, I just wanted to say that I am so thankful that you would share your words and your experience with us. How profoundly moving it was to know that you were there. As I read it, my heart ached all over again for each person who didn't make it, and I praised God for those who did.
    I am so grateful that you made it out, that His angels led you safely home. I pray that you have no ill effects from the devastation that you ingested into your lungs on that day. I am so grateful for you, and know that our Lord Jesus brought us into each others lives.
    1678 days ago
  • PCOH051610

    Thanks for sharing this story as I know it must be still hard to even think about it, much less, put your feelings into words. I think our world changed that day more than any time in recent history. My brother was in Northern Europe at the time and saw the disaster unfold I from a TV set in the hotel lobby. Even though the newscast wasn't in English he said the language of tragedy was/is universal.

    Thank goodness you were spared! Thank you for being my SparkFriend! emoticon
    1697 days ago
    I just came upon your blog, and have to tell you I cannot begin to imagine the horror you went through! I too, believe that Angels led you and all the survivors out, away from the destruction. Even though I only witnessed it on TV it was a horrible experience, not knowing where our country would be hit next. I was at work that morning in our local hospital, and could not believe what the TV was showing us!

    I thank all the policemen and firemen who ran toward the site of the disaster instead of away, cannot imagine the selflessness they had to react that way to one of our country's worst disasters. We must never give up the fight against those who did this, and those who still try to injure and kill us, like the Boston Marathon Bomber. I PRAY TO GOD everyday to save our country, both from the evil beyond our borders, and the evil WITHIN our borders, at this minute at work in our nation's capital and in positions of power. Only God can save us........
    1702 days ago
    You really were brought out by angels - so many could not be saved. Your blog is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us. emoticon emoticon
    1702 days ago
    I happened by your blog and I will never forget that day. It deeply saddened me and I grieved for the lose of lives and for their close relatives that would no longer have them here on the earth. I do believe in angels and God's mercy shown to those in deep need and distress. Thankful you made it out alive.
    1704 days ago
    Indeed, this was a crime against humanity and everyone felt the impact and the horror. I always tell people that everyone was affected in their own way that day - some people were not there, and yet had their lives affected dramatically.
    1709 days ago
    on this day I may have been seven thousand miles away but geography is of no consequence in events like these. the comment I remember most was from gorbatschev. someone had called him and told him to turn on the tv; upon which he said 'at first I thought this was some Hollywood film, then I realized it was happening TO US'.

    that's right, to all of mankind. regardless of race, creed, color, or nationality.

    this is one reality we all wish had been no more than a Hollywood dream.
    1709 days ago
  • LEW0213
    I know it was 12 years ago but tears were running down my face as I read your story. It brought it back as tho it was yesterday. I was safely sitting right where I am now, had the tv on and watched the second plane go into the building. My God, Nancy, I am so glad that you survived. Your Guardian Angel worked very hard that day!

    Extra hugs today, Linda
    1712 days ago
    thank you for sharing, we must not forget
    1712 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    God bless you, Nancy!! I've never really known anyone who was actually, and this really brings it home to me! I'll just never forget how I felt & how we at work were glued to the radio & even a TV that we brought in, not really knowing what to do. We weren't really working because we couldn't concentrate, but they wouldn't let us go home, because it wasn't a war or disaster; it was like everything was in limbo. I know I'll never forget, but it's good to hear a survivor's story!
    1713 days ago
    Nancy, thank you so much for telling your story. I myself have never had to experience any such horror. I remember as everyone does, where I was and what I was doing. My mother in law was in surgery, my husband and children were with me. We were glued to the tv that day and many days after. I cried and cried for all those people. I refused to send my older son to afternoon kindergarten . I feel so silly how I react to world events . I get so emotional and cant let go. I 'mso very so you had to endure such horror! I thank God for you my friend and for your safety.
    1713 days ago
  • EABL81
    Nancy, I thought of you today everytime I looked at the calendar and wondered how you were doing. No one should have to have an experience like that, but it's a sad fact that our world is full examples of people suffering at the hands of others. But as your story illustrates, it's also full of others who put themselves at risk to help whenever needed. Whatever you call them, angels or heroes, we can never thank them enough for their sacrifice.

    I'm so sorry that you had to go through all of that horror. By sharing your story of that day with us, you honor the victims and the first responders who risked everything to come to the aid of those that needed them. Thank you, Nancy.

    1713 days ago
    Blessings to you and your angel. I wondered this morning how many Spark people were at or near ground zero on that day 12 years ago. Thanks for answering that question.
    1713 days ago
    So glad the angels led you out. What a horrific day that was. I recently read a story about a young lady who also worked and lived nearby and her struggles to finally get back and rescue her 3 kitties from her apartment - one was blind. A very sad day that we should never forget nor all the lives lost.

    sending extra hugs Nancy and hug L&L extra today
    1713 days ago
    Thank you for sharing and I must say you definitely had a guardian angel looking out for you that day. That was a day that no one will ever forget and I am sorry that you had to go through that. emoticon emoticon
    1713 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us and for dropping by my blog. I believe that angels saved you too! God bless!
    1713 days ago
    Thank you so much for sharing your story and I'm very thankful you were alright. It was a horrible event that should have never happened.

    1713 days ago
  • PGHP31CK
    Thank you for sharing your story -- You're right. We need to remember.

    Praying that the Lord will send you peace, and a huge hug, today.
    1713 days ago
    Ive been lucky or something that I've never witnessed any horrible events except for my own accidents. I think about 911 every day . I don't know why. I fly a lot and if my teamwork was ever needed to prevent a tragedy id do it . I have a distrust of government and any one with a motive of greed. Thanks for listening
    1713 days ago
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