A Silent Grief  

Date Submitted: 9/17/2015
Author Info: Tom (Longwood , FL - USA) 
Occupation: Professional (Medical, legal, etc.) 
Lived in NY on 9.11.01?: No 
Knew someone who perished?: No 

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In September of 2001, I had taken a year off of school and was working at a christian bookstore in Pompton Plains, NJ. Before going in, my Dad called and told me to put on the TV- the World Trade Center was on fire.

I remember September 11th was the day a new christian worship album was going to be released- and we were to prepare for higher-than-average sales. But as the mornings events unfolded, I called out of work. It was too much.

The fate of NYC- just over the Hudson seemed so unreal, so impossible. But by the following morning, a grayish haze filled the skies of our neighborhood- the cinders of the trade towers were passing by. A silent grief encompassed my mind as I witnessed the floating embers.

As the days passed, people came into our bookstore, looking for comfort. They shared stories of lost loved ones and shattered dreams. And all of us were afraid.

To this day I still silently grieve for the victims, their families, the heroes, and to every human being that witnessed these horrific events.  


Just a block away

Eric (Queens, New York, NY - USA)

Just another day...

Beverly (Phoenix, AZ - USA)

Just a Baby

Rebecca (Nampa - USA)

A Day Like Any Other

Frank (Utica, MI - USA)

Camping and then...

Melissa (Richfield - USA)

An inch from death

Lucas (Stockholm - Europe)

Sooo...its not a movie?

Adrian (Fort worth - USA)

A kid who didn't understand

Brianne (Edmonton - Canada)

Fort Drum

Charles (Pittsburgh - USA)

At home

Sam (Exeter - Europe)


Chloe (San Diego - USA)

The Moment of my first deployment

Aaron (Charlottesville, VA - USA)

Like it was yesterday

Agus (Silver Springs, MD - USA)

Where was I 9/11

Tessa (Winchester - USA)

what happened on 9/11

kathelyn (poughkeepsie nyc, ny, guatemala - USA)

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As I began to take a sip from my glass of water, I counted my blessings. Never take anything in this life for granted, not even something as simple and as pure as the water you drink. You never know when you won't have that luxury ever again.

Gaby (story excerpt)


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