Memory of September 11, 2001

In memory of September 11, 2001

I was a shy beginner on Xanga in 2001 and  was trying  my first short  entries. At this time there was no picture and I did not get “premium” yet.
When the tragedy of the World Trade Center in New York happened on September 11, I made a post to express my horror and my solidarity.
We all felt ourselves American. . Here is, below, this 18 year old post and the comments from some of  my first readers

                                                                                    Tuesday, September 11, 2001

 Sans voix.Nous restons sans voix devant ce qui vient de se passer aux Etats – Unis . Nous sommes horrifiés .Toutes nos condoléances à nos amis américains .

Voiceless.  We remain voiceless at seeing what it has just happened in USA . We are horrified . All our condolences to our American friends.
 Posted 9/11/2001 8:16 PM – 13 Views – 14 eProps – 8 comments – edit it 
  Thank you for your condolences.Posted 9/11/2001 8:32 PM by acidtwist  – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply
  Thank you michele.. I live 3 hours from the city.. to close for me. I saw the skyline today after the buildings fell and it looks odd with the tall buildings gone.Posted 9/11/2001 10:33 PM by Sada  – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply
  I am still in shock about it all.Posted 9/12/2001 4:32 AM by celeste   – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply
  No words can reflect our feelings in this case. Praying is the only thing we can do at this moment. Well spoken Michel. Love, BiancaPosted 9/12/2001 8:06 AM by bianca_b  – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply
  You have spoken for all of us. MichelPosted 9/12/2001 8:36 AM by sunnyron  – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply
  The words of Sunnyron are the mine.
That is a different music,isnt’it?Posted 9/12/2001 8:51 AM by carlo   – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply
  Vous avez droit, le voix est perdu quand on est temoin a une scene comme cela. Nous avons perdu le voix, les terroristes ont perdu leur ames.Posted 9/15/2001 11:56 AM by Nala  – delete  – block user  – fix language  – recommend  – reply   

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86 Responses to Memory of September 11, 2001

  1. Horrified is the word. And we continue to be horrified after each bombing, fire, mass shooting. When we recognize that we are all part of one, perhaps we will stop killing each other.

  2. Marion says:

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Michel. I clearly remember the horror that unfolded that day – unbelievable! 😦

  3. cheriherald says:

    I checked my Xanga entry from that day. Apparently I had no words, so I quoted Byron.
    Oh God! it is a fearful thing
    To see the human soul take wing
    In any shape, in any mood.

    –Lord Byron

  4. Julie says:

    The memory of that day will never go away for those who lived through that day. When I was in Rhode Island last week I visited the tiles on a wall in the city that the children did after 9/11 to remember those who lost their lives on that day

  5. Lavinia Ross says:

    I was living on the east coast at the time, not all that far away. I remember the day, clear and bright, and a very blue sky. When I got to work, I got the news. People were sent home early, no one knowing what else might happen that day.

    • I guess your emotion must have been intense in those days and still now, Lavinia

      • Lavinia Ross says:

        Those days are hard to forget. Later on, I met one person at guitar camp who had been watching the cloud of dust and debris coming roaring down the street from the site that day. Someone in a shop behind him opened the door, grabbed him and pulled him in to safety just in time. He lived to tell the tale due to someone pulling him in to safety.

      • I remember this cloud , Lavinia . It was frightening to watch at the TV . This man was near the death and has been saved by someone who had good reflexes.

  6. mrswrangler says:

    Even in rural America we felt violated. I remember a freak out on fuel shortage and it was a numb time.

  7. mimiwi2013 says:

    I was in a store when the first plane hit. There was a radio by the check-out counter, and I could tell the announcer was saying something serious. Asked the check-out clerk what that was about, and she said a plane just hit the World Trade Center. I hurried home and turned on the TV just in time to see the second plane hit. I spent the rest of the horrifying day watching the happening and the aftermath. Terrifying! Not only the trade center, but the plane hitting the Pentagon, and the plane crashing in the field. It made me realize a bit better what the people in Europe faced during the Second World War—-which you had first-hand experience with Michel!!! ❤ Nancy and Ken

  8. puffpop says:

    I did not see this when you first wrote it. We were in our Motor Home in a campground near Cleveland when this happened… It was shocking and devastating. It was weeks while our nation was in mourning…Thank you for being a friend. France has always been our friend. It was the French who came to our aid during our revolution against England.

  9. puffpop says:

    The primary ally for the American colonies was France. At the start of the war, France helped by providing supplies to the Continental Army such as gunpowder, cannons, clothing, and shoes. In 1778, France became an official ally of the United States through the Treaty of Alliance.

  10. weggieboy says:

    I was at work when I a coworker from another department told my office about the first jet flying into the first tower. We turned on a radio to learn more about the “accident”, then the second jet flew into the other tower. I had to hold myself up by the cubicle divider. “This is war,” I thought, and it started on American soil at that moment.

    Later, on Photo Booth, I mentioned a South Korean apartment design that suggested the 9-11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers, noting I found it in poor taste. The response from the internationals on the site were brutal! Americans needed to forget the Twin Towers, they whine and moan about this every year on the anniversary. (I believe this was on the tenth anniversary.) We somehow deserved this horror, the internationals implied, so shut up about it.

    I found the remarks shockingly insensitive to the deaths of nearly 3000 people in three events on that one day. The people were more than just Americans, after all, with people from over 70 countries killed that day. The least sensitive remark came from a Scot in America learning how to fly jetliners!

    The link shows the building in South Korea that caused the furor. Up close, the part that suggests the 9-11 terror attacks actually softens into something I can approve of: aerial “forests”.

  11. blb1 says:

    I may not remember dates now like years but I knew where I was and the gut wrenching feelings. I worried as Wil was out of city delivering cars. No way to contact him. Didn’t have a cell phone then apparently.

    Thank you for this post.

  12. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    Michel, thank you for posting this. I am not sure if we had known each other on Xanga yet. I remember I was a new immigrant in Sweden at that time, and I was riding the subway home when a classmate of mine told me a plane crashed into the World Trade Center. At that time we thought it was a plane accident but soon the details came out and I was horrified. We shall never forget this day.

    • I do not think we knew each other at this time, Louisa . I remember you via Multiply and the last image of you on Mutiply was you dancing on the beach by the sea ! I believe you were in Hong Kong .

  13. Stéphanie says:

    Je n’ai pas perdu l’horreur de ce jour là. J’étais au 7ieme étage au travail en Angleterre. Larmes, personne ne parlait. Pas de mots.
    J’espère que la paix des années précédentes reviendront. J’ai des soucis pour la paix et la liberté, avec ce qui se passe en Royaume Uni et États Unis, contre les autres pays du monde.
    Amitiés a toi, Janine et toute la Famille Fauquet. Xx

  14. Stéphanie says:

    PS. Nous sommes en plein déménagement de l’appartement à Rémusat, pour rentrer en Angleterre…. Samedi, c’est fini pour nous … Nous sommes triste mais il fallut faire une décision, et avec le Brexit,, trop difficile pour nous attendre voir si nous prouvons trouver un nouveau bonheur en France…

    • J ‘ avais l’ habitude de vous localiser dans la Drome et de suivre vos étapes dans la vie . Cela me fait quelque chose de vous savoir partis Outre-Manche . J ‘ espère que Boris Johnson ne réussira pas son coup et que vous pourrez aller et venir tranquillement.
      Amitiés à vous deux

  15. An amazing and inspiring post Michel. ❤️

  16. Stéphanie says:

    Je viens de regarder a la TV un documentaire scientifique disant que les World Trade Towers ( Les Tours à New-York) ont tombés aussi vite ( env. une heure) à cause du mélange de l’aluminium (des avions) avec le matériel (acier, eau, placoplatre, bois stratifié etc) de l’immeuble. Ce qui a fait tomber les tours si vite.
    Pour toi, puis que tu es science chimique…

    • Merci, Stéphanie pour cette précision . Cela me fait penser à la flèche de la cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris qui était recouverte de plomb lequel a fondu presque instantanémént dans l’ incendie ..

  17. So important to never forget.

    Thank you for this post, your love, support, solidarity, compassion, and kindness, Michel.
    No matter where we live, we are all human beings with so very much in common. And we should all be united as one when anything bad/wrong happens to other people.
    It is so sad that such things continue to happen around the world and innocent people suffer and die. 😦

    We were getting ready for work that morning and our kids were getting ready for school. A neighbor/friend down the road called and said, “Is your television on?” and I said, “No.” Then she said, “You must turn it on.”
    We turned on the TV to see images of the first plane hitting and then continued watching and saw all of the other horror as it happened. 😦

    My family will never forget.

    (((HUGS))) and ❤

  18. We still feel the loss, so thank you Michel.

  19. marica0701 says:

    I can’t believe that it’s been eighteen years – someone born on that day is now considered an adult.

    I was twelve and sitting in my math class when the televisions were turned on and we watched the breaking news. At the time I was a misguided and very stupid child, so it took me several years to finally grasp everything that 9/11 was and is. But I guess with age should come wisdom and insight, and that is what it took for me to properly understand and process.

    May we never forget.

  20. cjjustice1 says:

    Thank you for sharing these thoughts and the comments. This was one of those times when asked: “Do you know where you were, & what you were doing at that time?” — the answer is YES! I had a doctor’s appointment, and then picked up my private student. Because I hadn’t been around any news, I had no idea until my student got into my car — and told me. We went to my house, but we didn’t get much work done that day. We were shocked by all we were seeing and hearing. No, I won’t ever forget! Love and hugs ❤ Carolyn

  21. murisopsis says:

    Sometimes it seems it happened a life time ago and other times it was just yesterday… It was an event that had a ripple effect far outside the USA – It defined a generation and made clear that we are all connected.

  22. Annalisa S. says:


  23. It’s still horrifying to look back at those videos and pictures. You said the right thing. Xanga helped bring communities closer together back then.

  24. Anne says:

    Souvenirs intacts. Nous venions de quitter New York 2 mois plus tôt, et nous trouvions à Stuttgart. Entendu la nouvelle à la radio. Emotions fortes. Pensées en particulier à nos amis sur place.
    Puis quelques années plus tard, doute sur l’origine des attentats. Probable inside job comme on dit là-bas. Folie humaine en tous les cas 😦

  25. calmkate says:

    a lovely tribute to such a tragedy

  26. cocosangel says:

    That is lovely memorable post.

  27. neilc693 says:

    Such a long while ago now. I remember it struck me, as it always does, how much solidarity we got from those abroad. It shouldn’t be surprising, because I feel just the same when a calamity strikes elsewhere, of course. But one thinks first that such a thing is only one’s own trial. No one will ever forget those ones who jumped from the towers hand in hand.

  28. It is a day we will never forget..never forget where we were when we heard the news, what we were doing, etc. It changed our country forever.

  29. nhislop says:

    I did not realize that you were new on Xanga in 2001. I miss Xanga in many ways. I keep thinking I will start to blog again, but I don’t know if I will. I think it is more meaningful that facebook, though.

    It was so kind of you to post about the World Trade Center catastrophe. I remember it well. So horrifying!

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