No Suicides That Day, Only Murders

This video is difficult to watch. It’s a beautiful homage to those that jumped from the Twin Towers on 9/11 and pierces the heart deeply. Way down where emotions from that time are twitching and the sadness, horror and rage still raw as if it just happened yesterday.

It’s done respectfully though and I show it because I feel the soft filter of time is slowly displacing the sheer horror of what occurred, which, for me anyway, somehow disrespects the dead and leaves us vulnerable for a repeat attack.

As the narrator states, there were no suicides that day, only murders. The intense heat (steel was changing shape remember) and thick, black smoke must have been unbearable, as it forced an estimated 200 people to face an unimaginable and desperate choice; stay and surely be burned alive, or jump to certain death from 90 floors above. For a gripping account of this, read this USA Today story from 2002.

It’s these images of the falling bodies, those poor souls heading downward at 150 mph and fully conscious for 10 terrifying seconds before they left this world that pretty much encapsulates all the awfulness of September 11, 2001 for me.

In all, close to 3,000 lives were taken at the World Trade Center, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 60 NYC and Port Authority Police Officers and numerous others from later illnesses caused by the massive amounts of dust and debris that saturated the air around Ground Zero.

It’s hard to overstate the devastation; of loved ones suddenly gone forever, dreams never fulfilled, families permanently shattered. Harder still to understand why.

Yet, we need to, or at the very least ,we must never forget the evilness that these attacks sprung from and that this same evil from 14 yeas ago still very much resides today. It’s obviously raging within ISIS who routinely decapitates the innocent, or executes children by crucifixion as an example because they were not properly fasting during Ramadan.

Boko Haram too, while not as large and organized as ISIS is certainly just as evil with their brutal pillaging of Northern Nigeria and routine kidnapping and raping of young girls

Beheadings, sex slavery, crucifixions, forced drownings, burying children alive, torture; all are considered crimes against humanity and are happening routinely and with greater expediency, as these groups take over more land mass.

Call it, ISIS, ISIL, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds force, or whatever, they all share this same rotten core of evilness and must be addressed. It’s a vast force, totalitarian and viciously cruel and growing daily. Every bit as bad and dangerous, if not more so, than what we faced on 9/11, and it must be reckoned with and soon, before it comes here.

Yet, I wonder and worry more than a bit. Having ensconced ourselves in a “lead from behind” policy for several years, does the U.S. even have the will to confront such evil and obliterate it? Are we even aware it exists?

We tiptoe around the obvious, that the common thread here is Islamofascism, a word many in our government can’t even bring themselves to say, let alone strategize against. How does that play out? Not so well I fear.

This Friday, as we reflect on the events of 9/11, honor our dead and recall the numerous heroic acts that took place, let’s also remember those still nameless jumpers and the extraordinary circumstances they faced.

It’s uncomfortable to think about what they went through and to ponder what our own choice would have been had it been us. The discomfort is necessary and good, for it helps put meaning behind those words “never forget” and why we say them. That’s our only chance really in preventing it from ever happening again.

As Thornton Wilder once said, “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude,” and so I thank each and every one of you who died that awful day.  Your death sounded the alarm so that we may live.  The least we can do is tell your story.

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45 Responses to No Suicides That Day, Only Murders

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Hey Tricia

    Good post. The day that all happened, I was still working for The Department of Veteran’s affairs in North Little Rock. That particular facility was where most of the treatment for mental and emotional issues took place. I ran the retail store in the hospital and we had a wall of TVs which we always had on one channel for display. So, we all got to watch the whole thing in full color on 10 TVs. What I remember is how disturbed and agitated some of the veteran patients go watching it.

    Something else I remember thinking and even saying to a few people was that we were probably going to get in a war over that, and that there was no way the VA System was ready for that. Turned out both things were true. Off subject I suppose there, sorry.

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    • Tricia says:

      Hey Wally thanks for sharing that and I can imagine the veterans’ getting upset, they probably knew as you did that this meant war. What an awful day, at least our stories about it help us remember our humanity.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it. — Robert E. Lee (Comment to James Longstreet, on seeing a Union charge repelled in the Battle of Fredericksburg (13 December 1862))

          What happened on that day was a warning. Unfortunately, it only touched a few lives deeply enough to teach a lesson that would not be forgotten.

          So it is that about every fourth generation, every 80 years or so, the life of a human being, we begin a major war. As those who still remember the lessons of their youth grow old and die, the next crisis grows. Those who remain hear the rumble of the drums of war, but we don’t understand. We cannot understand the pain and the grief. We cannot what those lived in a time of great suffering survived.

          We are about due for our lesson in 2019 or thereabouts. Given the state of world affairs and the people we have put in charge, we are all too obviously on schedule.

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  2. Al says:

    Absolutely spot on, Tricia. Well said. They need a few more like you on the left coast. And for Obama I leave this quote from Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Oh wait, he said “good” men. Never mind.

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  3. Wonderful post, T. Really unthinkable what countless lives suffered and how their awful demise rippled to change the lives of their loved ones. Great quote on gratitude. Gratitude redeems their suffering.

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  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    It was horrible; it was tragic, and I’m glad you made an effort to commemorate it, but the truth is that the common thread here is religion. Religion caused the problem and humanity fought back to save as many lives as possible.

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    • Tricia says:

      By Islamofascism Arch, I mean a perversion of Islam by lunatics who use is it as a cover for totalitarian ends. One could argue the entirety of Islam means this too but I am not one of those, yet.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      @archaeopteryx1

      There is a God. Believing in Him or disbelieving in Him does not cause men to pillage, maim, rape, and kill. What causes men to do that? It is religion. It is when men worship themselves. It when men lack the humility to obey God and consider the lives of others as important to God as their own.

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  5. ColorStorm says:

    Tkx for this tricia. Awesome vid today. And good post by you, well stated.

    Above the sheer horror, contrast the many images of the American flags………………God blessed America…………yet………..this? Yes this.

    Just can’t say any more……………..but…………..faith, hope, charity, these three.

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  6. Dennis says:

    Good post as always Tricia.
    I was watching Fox and Friends that morning and watched the horror visited on us by some crazy radical non religious pukes. No religion would condone those acts. Islam is a religion to some but not to me.

    On top of all the horror of that day I could not believe there were American citizens upset because the American flag was being displayed on fire trucks trains cars and buildings. They were “offended” by the show of the flag. I hope those people die the slow agonizing death the same as the religious leaders that are fostering hate across the globe.

    Fox and Friends showed the film they took on that day again today as they do every year so we won’t forget. Thankfully they do not show the people falling form the burning building. I hope those folks had time to make their peace before plunging to their deaths. God bless them.

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  7. archaeopteryx1 says:

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  8. The video was indeed done very respectfully. I can’t even imagine what was going through these fellow beings minds, as they took that fatal 10 second plunge. Definitely not suicide, but murder.
    We do tend to forget, as time marches on. Sadly I had actually forgot it was 9/11 until I saw a single post on Twitter late that afternoon.
    Thank you for the reminder Tricia. May we never forget!
    ~Carl~

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    • Tricia says:

      I can’t imagine it either Carl. Interestingly enough there was a bit of controversy at the time over whether they committed suicide or not.I can’t imagine any of them would have chosen to jump were not the circumstances so horrible. Never forget indeed or we are doomed for a repeat.

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  9. jncthedc says:

    Thank you for keeping the memory alive. We have had many tragedies throughout our history which must be remembered forever to avoid repeating the same mistakes. Those who jumped from the towers in a moment of heroism took control of their destiny. This was a final moment of strength against a cowardice act of terrorism.

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  12. madblog says:

    Reblogged this on Messages from the Mythical and commented:
    Today we remember an awful, awful day. Freedom Through Empowerment shares this perspective which must not be forgotten.

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  13. Great post! I have always been intrigued by the jumpers. And I have always wondered why the dominant image to represent the group is the Falling Man – as opposed to the image of the two people who were holding hands while falling. So many questions about them: were they lovers? close friends? or just two people who needed each other’s company?

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    • Tricia says:

      Hey Darryl, thanks for dropping by. It is really interesting what you say about the two jumpers who were holding hands, as I found myself asking the same questons when I saw their picture. So sad but interesting to ponder.

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