By Corey Moss
I tell the story like it happened yesterday. It always seems like it did.
This day of course resonates with me always, as on 9/11/01 I was in commercial integration with an integrator in New Jersey. I walked into the office and no one was in the sales area – in fact most of the company was in the back room watching the TV. I walked in to see NBC news on and one of the World Trade Center buildings smoking – I was told that it was hit by a small plane, possibly a Cessna we thought. As soon as someone said that the next plane hit – this time we recognized it to be a larger one, possibly a 747.
Then the fires burning in both buildings, and next the report of the plane hitting the Pentagon – it all chillingly felt like War of the Worlds to me and I was frozen in my spot where I was standing. Next the report of the plane that went down in Shanksville, PA – of course the heroic efforts of the people that rushed the terrorists to crash the plane – as it was headed toward the White House. All kinds of scenarios were being thrown around the room – it was the most horrifying moment of my life. The WTC buildings slowly collapsed, I was caught in a most horrific moment.
Two days later we went to help out with the relief efforts stationed in Jersey City, NJ – and looking out across the Hudson River at where the World Trade Center used to be, where I had worked years before as a Wall Street messenger, was totally mind numbing.
I have not been able to return to the site ever since, memorial and all. I break down at times when I re-live the day, all the visions, all the scenarios (which of course are all real now) go through my mind as if I was standing right in the back room of that integration company on 9/11/2001.
United We Stand – Always. Never Forget.