It was 20 years ago today…

Except it was a Tuesday not a Saturday. I was two years in working as a Digital Archivist. At that time we strictly did microfilm/fiche bi tonal and gray scale scanning. We also preinspected the film at microfilm readers and that was called Bibchecking. I was doing that when we heard the news on the radio. Terrorists attacking the Pentagon ran the fear that they would attack us because our major client was/is the Library of Congress.

My manager at the time was discombobulated because her son either worked near or in the twin towers. I can’t remember which but she left for the day. Worked……stopped….that day. That day we watched the news in the break room on a TV we used to have to show worker safety films for new hires.

We then called it a day. There was an eeire silence that day and the days after with many American Flags flown and yellow ribbons tied to tree’s.

There was also an ugly side…I was persecuted for being 1/4 Syrian, my relatives were persecuted for also being Muslim. I remember eating in a local Syrian restaurant when someone threw a brick through the window.

It was also a hard year. My Mom’s last before the Cancer spread everywhere. My Mom was well enough to add some art and poetry to the 9-11 Memorial at The Banana Factory South Bethlehem. All was hopeful with my Mom but she then took a turn in October and passed on February 7, 2002.

4 thoughts on “It was 20 years ago today…

  1. I think all of us who were alive then remember that day…where we were and what we were doing. I was in the 5th grade when JFK was assassinated, and I still clearly recall where I was (at school) when I heard about it, my reaction and others. Tragedies such as these stay with us a lifetime.
    I’m sorry you personally experienced the ugly aftermath of 9/11. No one should be lumped together because of the actions of others.

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  2. What a traumatic memory! You were all victims, whether or not you personally encountered the tragedy or knew of someone who did so. I’m sure you could all feel the distress and chaos and carry those ruthless memories till day.
    20 years later and they still don’t want to stop!


  3. I recall watching the breaking news on a TV in the common room, lunchtime news and back then our national broadcaster used to run CNN or BBC news during lunchtime until a point we turned a corner and the news reports weren’t favourable so only showed local news approved by the state broadcast of courses..

    Anyhoo I didn’t know what the phrase breaking news meant at the tine, I thought it was short for heartbreaking news… The first time I had seen heartbreaking global news was the death of Princess Diana..
    Those are the two major international news events from my “early” years..

    Can’t imagine it’s been 20 years feels like a few years back… Time is strange.

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