is the greatest man-made tragedy in the new century. Some say it changed
the world. Some say it changed the future. More than 3000 lives were
lost in the disaster. The pain was felt by many and will still be felt
by many for long time to come. The tragedy took place at World Trade
Center in Downtown New York, the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania. The terrorists
hijacked commercial airlines and committed mass murder by crashing the
planes into buildings or into country side.
Just before the arrival
of the anniversary of 9-11, Business for Downtown Business decided to
create a digital memoriam for 9-11 in the form of a CD. In this memorial
CD you are viewing, we have collected a number of significant websites
that have been dedicated to 9-11. There are numerous essays, poems,
songs, photos, videos and memoriam written or recorded on or for or
during and after the event 9-11. This collection can never be exhaustive
since more information and thoughts on 9-11 are being written everyday.
We hope the collection here serves as a token from a small number of
contributions leading to the vast web of stories and reports about 9-11.
Obviously, downtown businesses have been hurt by the 9-11 tragedy, but
we do not feel beaten on; the contrary we feel stronger. In this CD
project, we want to demonstrate that we felt the pain, we won't forget
what had happened and we will survive and emerge stronger.
In memory of
9-11, we dedicate this CD to those who have lost their lives in the
9-11 tragedy and to those who have given their lives in the effort trying
to rescue the victims. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the
families and victims of NY, DC, Pentagon, Pennsylvania, American Airlines
Flight 11, UNITED Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines Flight 77,
& UNITED Airlines Flight 93.
Here are our collections:
There are numerous songs and
poems written about 9-11. The 'WORD' file presented below is one
compilation made and published on the web by Valerie
Ghent. All of the works in this collection were presented at The
Songwriter's Beat 9-11 Tribute Concerts, held on March 11th and 25th
2002 at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City, to commemorate the
six month anniversary of the tragic events of 9-11. Valerie has
kindly offered the 'WORD' PDF file to be included in this 9-11DBCC. Ms.
Ghent is a songwriter, musician and producer who has collected a number
of songs written by various artists, expressing their feelings about
9-11. She was a volunteer at the WTC site from September 2002 until the
closing of the site in May 2002 and is still involved with several WTC
organizations today. After self-publishing 'Word', Valerie produced the "We'll Carry On"
benefit CD, a compilation of sixteen songs by members of FDNY and
WTC volunteers as well as downtown NYC musicians. These songs were
presented at the March concerts, including "We'll Carry On", a
song she wrote herself. Ms Ghent has also offered the available lyrics
of these songs to be included in this CD.
In what follows, you can click
the 'WORD' file by either clicking the link or the Rose2Tear image to
view the collection. The table of contents of this collection is
displayed to help you to locate a particular piece in the PDF file.
Next, you can click the individual song lyrics of songs from the CD
"We'll Carry On". There is a very touching story about the CD
jacket which is shown next to the song lyrics below. The CD cover was made
from a panoramic poster of NYC and World Trade Center (taken from the
observation deck of WTC tower 2 on Janurary 1, 2001) by Salt Lake City photographer Everen T. Brown. WTC
volunteer Kevin McCrary started collecting signatures of hundreds of WTC
recovery personnel (FDNY, PAPD, NYPD ESU) on the perimeter of a number
of posters. Valerie asked Everen and Kevin's permission to use one of
the three posters as the cover art for the CD. The picture shown below
is the "We'll Carry On" CD jacket designed by Valerie using
one of the posters. The cover of "We'll Carry On" is signed by
FDNY, PAPD and NYPD; another poster is signed by FDNY personnel only;
and a third was signed by FDNY, PAPD, NYPD as well as members of the
National Guard and Air Force. You may click the image of the CD jacket
to get a larger view.
"We'll Carry On"
is available from West Street
Records (for 100% donation) As everything to create "We'll
Carry On" was donated, 100% net proceeds are going to WTC charity.
"word" is available here as a download, hard copies of
"word" are available from West Street Records. Valerie
suggests a donation of your choice be made with each download of
"word" to Tuesday's
Children, a non-profit organization for sports, mentoring and music
for children of 9-11.
All songs/poems in
"word" and "We'll Carry On" © by author, all rights
"We'll Carry On" CD compilation ©2002 West Street Records/Cavos
"word" ©2002 West Street Records/Cavos Music
No part of either publication may be reprinted without permission of
publisher and author. For more information and licensing please visit West
Street Records or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Word: A collection of
& poems to commemorate the tragic events of 9.11.2001
a collection of
lyrics & poems
to commemorate the tragic events of 9.11.2001
Fran Suarez, NYPD
My Brother Too
|Maggie Dubris, 911 Paramedic
||Sept.11, 2001 - Dec.5, 2001
Mascali, brother of FF Joseph Mascali, FDNY
|Hughie Lynch, FDNY Squad 1
|Valerie Ghent, WTC Ground Zero Relief volunteer
|Kathleen Pemble, married to FF Charles Flood, FDNY
|Laurie Sadly Listening
Chris O’Brien, son of retired FF Chris O’Brien
Our Flag High
Maggie Dubris, 911 Paramedic
Of A Sky-Blue Sky
|Chronos in Chaos
Can’t We See
|Blind, Unbroken Blue
|Waiting For The Snow
What You Will
Rosalinde Block, volunteer massuese FDNY E40/L35
Word Is Love
For The Thousands Slain
Larry May & Lance Jordan
A New Yorker
John Galvin & Marty Rodgers, Red Cross volunteers
Will Remember You
The Bells Ring
Is Not A Game
Ina May Wool
|Boxcutters and Knives
|September 11, 2001
Mohammed Came To The Mountain
|Sonnet For The Twins
John Everett Beck
World Trade Center
The Lyrics of the Music
CD, We'll Carry On, Compiled by Valerie Ghent
are a few informative and interesting web sites related to the 9-11
attack to Downtown New York
11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center, killing thousands,
including 343 firefighters. Filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were
there to witness this tragedy. They found themselves in lower Manhattan
as the attack unfolded, and they captured unique footage
from the area, including the only images from inside Tower 1, where
firefighters were trying to get a handle on the dangerous situation.
The footage includes scenes
of firefighters trying to escape from Tower 1 after Tower 2 had collapsed.
Both Jules and Gedeon,
who are brothers, were within a block of Tower 2 when it collapsed,
and narrowly escaped death.
On March 10, CBS broadcast an extraordinary film, telling the story
of that day from the perspective of those who survived it. The two-hour
film was hosted by actor/director Robert De Niro.
11-Remember is a national digital monument dedicated to the over 3,100
victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and United
Airlines Flight 93. It is a place where the families, friends and colleagues
of the victims - as well as members of the general public - can memorialize
those who lost their lives by posting photographs and words in remembrance.
It is our hope that this website will help us understand, by allowing
us to measure in a tangible way, the enormous human toll exacted by
the September 11th attacks. More importantly, we hope it ensures that
our nation, and indeed the world, will have a permanent place to remember
and reflect on those who perished.
SILENT NIGHT 911
(Also known as "The God Song")
Download "SILENT NIGHT 911" HERE
You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news
on September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.
I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called
his wife to say "Good-Bye." I held his fingers steady as he dialed.
I gave him the peace to say, "Honey, I am not going to make it, but
it is OK...I am ready to go."
I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children.
I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.
I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to
Me for help. "I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50
years!" I said. "Of course I will show you the way home - only believe
on Me now."
I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the
injured and devastated souls. I took him home to fend to his Flock
in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer.
I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts
of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith
has saved them.
I was in Texas, Kansas, London. I was standing next to you when you
heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me? I want you to know that
I saw every face. I knew every name -though not all know Me.
Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.
Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames;
"Come to Me... this way... take my hand." Some chose, for the final
time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but
I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time,
would you have reached for Me?
September 11, 2001 was not the end of the journey for you. But someday
your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well.
Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you
are "ready to go."
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
God (author unknown)
Remember September 11, 2001
A beautiful collection of thoughts, letters and photos.
September 11 Air
Safety Hazards(911 ASH)
Q&A on toxic aftermath of the 9-11 attack and some photos.
9-11: Looking Back...Moving Forward
A nice website created by teens including facts about 9-11, a time
line of the tragedy and reactions
from teens across the country.
Lower Manhattan Past and Future
This web site was developed as a team effort by the Mumford
Center staff, with special contributions by Deirdre Oakley and
Lee in memory of those whose lives were lost in the attack.
America Attacked 9-11
Dedicated to the men, women and children who lost their lives;
all those who sacrificed their lives; And to all the Heroes that
responded to the emergency 11 September 2001 7 MB file including
Firehouse.com The 9-11
The World Trade Center Memorial
A memorial site where you can submit missing person information
and memoriam of victims.
9-11-2001.org This Web Site is dedicated to those who are missing, hurt,
to the families of the deceased, to the heroic firefighters, law
enforcement, emergency service personnel, volunteers who are helping
them and YOU.
September 11 Archive
Website contains archives that cab be surfed and searched.
Stain Window Glass Graphic More than 400 chaplains and
chaplain assistants recently assembled a stain glass window to be
hung at the Pentagon later this year in honor of the Sept. 11 victims.
Website for 9-11 Tragedy with photo gallery.
This site exists to gather
the thoughts and emotions of everyday people to the events on and
after September 11, 2001.
This site features over 1000 compelling
first-person narratives of the crisis, many from young people. These
personal stories come from across the United States and a few foreign
UConn Remembers September 11
of Connecticut graduating class of 2002 offered the university a
gift named Class of 2002 September 11th UConn Education Fund. This
fund has been designed to provide scholarships for the children
of the victims of the September 11th tragedies.
New York Magazine
The online memorials are
only a small part of this website from New York Metro Magazine.
The memorial page does include links to seven other online
memorials. The site includes...
New York Times
This site is intended as
a place to remember and celebrate the lives of the men, women
and children lost on September 11, 2001.
Around the World
On the first anniversary
of the tragic events of September 11th 2001 many different
ceremonies are planned both in New York, around America, and in
many other countries around the world. Bring you information
here of the planned events.
This site is intended as
a lasting memorial tribute to the men, women, and children who
lost their lives in the attacks on September 11, 2001, and all
those brave souls who died trying to save them. They will remain
forever in our hearts and our prayers.
CNN.com has established this site as an evolving record
of those who died and a place for readers to build a living
memorial for them.
Authority Police Memorial In Memory Of The Thirty-Seven Port
Authority Of New York And New Jersey Police Officersilled In The
Line-Of-Duty During The Terrorist Attack On The World Trade
Center On September 11, 2001
252 of FDNY, Brooklyn Squad 252 is one of several FDNY
Firehouses that was severely devastated by the terrorist attacks
against America on September 11, 2001. Squad 252 responded at
9:00am to the 5th Alarm at the World Trade Center. On duty that
morning were some of Squad 252's finest members. They never
Star of Honor Memorial Quilt by Donna DeFalco-Boyle, Angie Roth
and Quilt Collaborators
Star of Honor Memorial Quilt is dedicated to all family members whose
loved ones were lost on September 11, 2001. The quilt project was
started by Donna DeFalco, a Massage Therapist who worked on Ground Zero
among firefighters and volunteers since the second day of the attack.
Inspired by firefighter, Mark Dulski's remark, "The names of
everyone out there should be on the flag, not messages to them.",
Donna sketched out an idea for a flag. She knew it would be a quilt. As
a member of the Brooklyn Quilters for 16 years, she knew she would get
the support of an incredible group of quilters. American quilts have
been a unique form of expression in American history. It is so
appropriate an art form to honor the victims of 9-11. The following are
a few early photos taken of the quilt. The quilt has been displayed in
numerous occasions and traveled around the country, including exhibition
at the Business for Downtown Business Seminar Series on 9/6/2002.
front view of the Star of Honor Memorial Quilt
A crowd gathered in front of the quilt
admiring the quilt being displayed
Donna DeFalco with a friend in front of the Quilt
design of the quilt has the traditional American Flag as a
background, spanning ten feet by six feet. On the flag side of
the quilt there are 424 hand-embroidered white stars with the
names and affiliations of every uniformed service worker who
perished. The back of the quilt is made up of 198 personalized
six-inch blocks in red, white and blue, with a blue border
embellished with six stars created by young children. Messages
are written from firehouses, New York City Police, Port
Authority Police Commands, Ground Zero workers, the emergency
service squads and the victims' families.
the flag side, there are six gold stars on the blue field that
represent the sum of individuals who perished on 9-11:
World Trade Center, honoring all 2,654 individuals.
Pentagon, honoring the 184 service members, employees, and
Airlines Flight 11, Boston to Los Angeles, which crashed into the
North Tower of the World Trade Center, honoring all 92 persons
Airlines Flight 77, Washington to Los Angeles, which crashed into
the Pentagon, honoring all 64 people aboard.
Airlines Flight 93, Newark to San Francisco, which crashed into a
field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and on which Todd Beamer along
with other courageous passengers organized a plan to sabotage the
hijackers, honoring all 45 Americans who sacrificed their lives.
Airlines Flight 175, Boston to Los Angeles, which plowed into the
South Tower of the World trade center, honoring 65 passengers
Anniversary of 9-11
The following news describes the planned anniversary
event at the Ground Zero. Visit the above websites links to see various
activities and reports about the 9-11 anniversary.
A sample Photo from
Spencer platt/Getty Images, for more photos of Spencer Platt and
others click here
and for a photo of digging out Ground Zero click here
and photos by Cynthia Nellis click here
Photo taken on 9-29-2002 by Daniel Greenwood at NYC (9-11-2001.org)
Bloomberg Announces Plans for September 11th Commemoration with
Governor George E. Pataki
August 6, 2002
|Well good morning and
I want to welcome Governor Pataki to the blue room and his staff.
This morning we are going to outline the City's plans to observe
the first anniversary of the terrible attack on the world trade
want to begin by thanking the thousands of New Yorkers who have
used the Web site and phone line the City set up for this purpose.
They have made suggestions about this commemoration and we have
tried to listen and include and use as many as we could. Many
suggestions have also come from family members who lost love
one on 9/11 and we paid particular attention to those.
spirit of these proposals, which were remarkable for their thoughtfulness
and sensitivity, was to plan an observance that recalls the
enormous tragedy of that terrible day--
tribute to the heroism and sacrifice of those we lost. And that
also evokes the courage and determination that New Yorkers have
shown since and on 9/11.
to respect those feelings. Our intent is to have a day of observances
that are simple and powerful, that honor the memory of those
we lost that day, and that give New Yorkers, Americans and people
around the world the opportunity to remember and reflect.
for the day will be as follows:
Early on the
morning of September 11th, five bagpipe and drum processionals
will begin to march toward the World Trade Center site from
points in each of the five boroughs.
will be led by the pipe and drum corps of five governmental
agencies that performed heroically on 9/11 and in its aftermath:
the Fire Department of New York, the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey, the NYPD and the City Corrections and Sanitation
will converge at the World Trade Center site just after 8 a.m.
The marchers will descend the ramp at which time a memorial
service will begin.
At 8:46 a.m.,
the moment when the first of the twin towers was struck by the
first hijacked airliner, I will invite all New Yorkers to take
part in a moment of silence.
A eulogy that
will be as powerful and as relevant on September 11th as on
the day it was first delivered-The Gettysburg Address-will be
read by Governor Pataki.
of New Yorkers and people from around the world, including family
members and colleagues of those lost on 9/11, will read the
names of the men and women who perished at the World Trade Center
site that day.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani will lead that reading of names. If anyone
has a tie to those lost and it is appropriate to read that out,
it is Rudy Giuliani
reading of the names is completed, "Taps" will be played. New
Jersey Governor James McGreevey will then read an excerpt from
the Declaration of Independence.
will conclude at 10:29 a.m., which is the moment when the second
of the twin towers collapsed. Houses of worship throughout the
city are invited to toll their bells at that time.
moment on, throughout the day, the families of those lost on
9/11 will, for the first time, be invited to descend the ramp
to the lowest level of the World Trade Center site. They will
have an opportunity to remember their loved ones on what many
consider sacred ground. We will ask them to take a rose, put
it in a vase and we will save those roses and make them part
of the permanent memorial when it is eventually built.
offices will not be closed on September 11th, and I expect that
most places of business will be open. Students will attend classes;
workers will go to their jobs. We will carry on our responsibilities
to our families and our city.
will not be any ordinary day for anyone in New York. For that
reason, I urge all houses of worship in the city to open their
doors throughout the day to provide occasions for individual
prayer and reflection. And the Governor will talk about how
we hope to have all New Yorkers not just from New York City
but from New York State, all people not just from New York State,
but from the entire country and the world, participate.
Late in the
afternoon of September 11th, President George W. Bush will come
to New York and visit the World Trade Center site.
that evening, there will be an observance at The Sphere, the
sculpture that once stood in the plaza of the World Trade Center
and that is now part of the temporary memorial to the victims
of 9/11 in Battery Park. Heads of state from around the world
will be invited to join that ceremony during which an eternal
flame will be lit and I will read Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four
there also will be candlelight gatherings in each of the five
boroughs giving us all an opportunity to reflect and be renewed.
will take place in Central Park, Van Cortland Park, Prospect
Park, Flushing Meadows Park and Snug Harbor.
Yorker should feel welcome at one of these gatherings. We ask
people from around the city, the nation and the world, who cannot
attend, to light candles and join their families and neighbors
on street corners or in front of their homes.
gatherings will last about 90 minutes. At these gatherings,
Cultural organizations in each of the five boroughs will arrange
for music that reflects the spirit of the day. Groups performing
that evening will include the Bronx arts ensemble in Van Cortland
Park, the Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra and Brooklyn
Youth Chorus in Prospect Park, St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra in
Central Park, the Queens Symphony Orchestra at Flushing Meadows
Park, and the Staten Island Symphony at Snug Harbor. Jazz at
Lincoln Center will also perform at a location still to be determined.
I am grateful
for the cooperation of these cultural groups in planning these
events. Private funds are being raised for planning and implementing
the day. To date, approximately twenty corporations have donated
funds, and more donations are needed and are being sought
|The World Trade Center took 6 years and 8 months to build (1966-1973)
|The World Trade Center was destroyed in 1 hour and 42 minutes (9-11-2001)
|60 Police Died (37 PAPD and 23 NYPD)
|343 Firefighters perished
|658 of Cantor Fitzgerald Company
died (2/3 of the company employees)
|16 People escaped from the South Tower and none escaped from the North
Tower above the floors
|18 survivors were found on 9-12 (12 Firefighters, 3 policemen and 3
|4598 out of 19858 body parts were identified
Other 9-11 Memorial Sites
Michael Sauers 9-11
Reviews Related to 9-11
Authority Police Traveling Memorial
and Victims' Families Assiciation
Ground Zero Relief Website (photo)
252 of FDNY, Brooklyn
of Digging Out Ground Zero
by Cynthia Nellis
Cantor Family Memorial
Hope through Flight
the Spirit of September 11th, 2001
Eleven History Dot Net
Collection Interactive Publishing