I had left city employment in '95 and was in private practice. In 2001, I began doing FOP union work representing officers at their Internal Affairs interviews.
That morning, it was a Tuesday, I had a few officers to represent at IAD that morning. The interviews are held in small 10'-15' rooms with two chairs, one for the attorney and the other for the witness, a computer desk and chair for the investigator. It was during the first interview that the first plan crashed into the WTT. We took a break during the interview and immediately found out about it when we left the interview room since there was a TV in the waiting room in the lobby right down the hall. My first thought was, someone really messed up. What could it be? Failure of the flight system or some other sort of malfunction of the plane? Then the second one hit and my immediate thought was "These are not accidents." I didn't even know about the other two, in PA and DC, until after I left the building. I think I finished all 3 or 4 interviews and then just drove home.
I remember that Tuesday night was our basketball pickup game night where a group of friends and friends of friends rented out an indoor basketball court in Philadelphia and ran full court to 70, by 1s. A brief water/bathroom break at 35 points. I chose not to play that night. They chose to play. I was waiting for Philadelphia to get hit next. I've had two very vivid/bad dreams of having to leave work in Center City on foot as buildings are being bombed and crumbling all around me, etc. The type of dreams where when you wake up, your heart is pounding.
Since coming back to Long Island, I sense that this area is still very scarred from this tragic event. I think it's better that we move on from this and allow the those who mourn and grieve the most to do that amongst their own families and friends. Of course we'll always observe this day like we do with VJ Day and Pearl Harbor.
I felt that FOX TV commercialized it in tonight's game between the Mets and Yankees. I'd like to know how much it made in revenue off the game and how much of it it'll be donating to the families of fallen 9/11 victims and the foundations that represent them?
I'm glad to see that none of the armed services bought ad time for their recruitment advertisements/between-innings commercials. I wonder how they dealt with that issue back in the boardroom?