7 years since 9/11/01


Seven years since the tragedy of September 11, 2001 there’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said. Remember, reflect, and move forward is just about all we can do.

Interfaith Memorial at Pier A Park

Today, there will be several memorial and prayer services for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy both in Hoboken and across the nation.

In addition to the 9/11 interfaith memorial service at 6pm over at Pier A Park, All Saints Episcopal Parish, is holding a service from 8:30 to 9:30am. The church will be open at 8:30am, and the bell will ring from 8:46 to 9:02 to signify the times the two planes struck the Twin Towers. To honor the victims, there will be a prayer service at 9:05am.

I will not forget that day ever.

See my story on the 5th anniversary of 9/11 here, and last year’s Interfaith Memorial here.


PS, my father (“Mister Hoboken411, Sr.”) worked as an engineer on the World Trade Center for over five years.

And on 9/11/2001, not only did he mourn the senseless loss of thousands of lives, he anguished over the grueling amount of effort he and his co-workers put in to help make this modern day marvel become a reality – just to watch it go up in smoke.

1,900 of your days spent caring for and building something for everyone to enjoy – to be destroyed in an instant. A pretty big investment of your life. Not many of us can share that perspective as well.

Here’s a picture taken on June 18, 1970 as the Twin Towers were being built:


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Friday, September 12, 2008 10:51 am

i was across the street from wtc. lost alot of friends/colleagues.

Friday, September 12, 2008 7:01 am

As all story’s touched me . Reformerous , yours stands out ,not only do i beleive the good lord was watching over people that day and sent certain people in different directions.But yours stands out because im just like your friend, im a friend of Bill W. and i pray and hope that your friend is still clean and sober cause her story can help so many other people especailly if she use’s that part of her story in detox’s and rehabs , you don’t know how many people she can help .Just to add to the storys that morning 7 years ago i was just clean and sober 1yr and 4 months , i watched the second plane hit i quickly went out to volunteer at the path and on washington street i ran into a friend who was only clean for about a month , i said were you going he replied it’s the f**ken end of the world ! Im going to the nearest bar and im gonna get drunk, i replied save that drink for later there’s thousands of people that need your help ! Needlest to say today that friend is clean and sober 7years plus , he had someone looking over him that day.Reformerus you can allways tell your friend that she has a friend that is a friend of BILL W. And i always read 411 .


Friday, September 12, 2008 2:14 am

i was in high school watching from across the river in brooklyn we all thought they were filming a movie

Thursday, September 11, 2008 6:38 pm

I saw the wtc rise from a whole in the ground, the so called mud wall being built,the steel panels being put in place. I have walked on the roof and been in places where the pubic can’t go. I spent many days in meetings there, my company lost 73 people and I knew 23 personaly. That morning I received a call from my son in toms river telling me “a plane hit the wtc” I though it was a small plane as there were always planes and choppers flying up and down the river and you could look out at them. When i saved the coverage on tv i just knew it was no small plane and when the 2nd hit i knew, in my mind,its finished,its coming down. Thats when i remembered my daughter subway let her off at the wtc station. Thank god she is never on time,she is always late. She was there at the impact time and realized this is no good and decided to get out of the area.She ran and ran and ran. The worst part is not knowing finaly she called at 3-4 pm crying,she was okay except for some sore feet and covered in dust. The worst part was I couldn’t get her and hold her and take care of her. I can deal with the collapse and deaths but i will never get over her crying. I don’t care who gets elected all i want is 3 minutes with that… Read more »

Thursday, September 11, 2008 4:26 pm

Was at a financial conference that I produced in Berlin. Bloomberg was one of the exhibitors and had a both showing Bloomberg television. At around 3:00PM the screen flipped to the WTC towers in flames…..many people at the conference in Berlin watched the towers collapse on their offices downtown. Later that evening several calls came in from people who could not find or get in touch with friends and family members who were calling me to see if, perhaps, they were in attendance at the conference in Berlin. Two of them were….Relief. All of the attendees from the US were unable to get back to the US for several days, myself included. The Germans were very gracious to us. Thousands gathered at the Brandenberg Gate a couple of days later in solidarity with the US. I will never forget the support and hospitality that we received from the Germans.

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