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h911.jpgIt is exactly eight years ago when that moment in history changed the world for ever. Of course, when it happened, many of us knew we’d never forget that day. Yet time dulls even the most painful memories. And this year, eight years after the attacks, the commemoration which takes place at Ground Zero begins to feel like a sad tradition – like the beginning of history. It also marks the first year that 9/11 will be recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance, an act signed into legislation by President Obama in April.

Vice President Joe Biden will be in the city to pay tribute to the victims of September 11th, while President Barack Obama will join families for another service at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

In Lower Manhattan, family members and survivors will gather at Zuccotti Park, located at Broadway and Liberty Street, across from the World Trade Center site. They will observe a moment of silence at the exact times each of the two planes hit and when each of the Twin Towers fell.

The family members will be paired with volunteers from the five boroughs to read the names of those who died in the attack.

Traffic Closures On September 11th
The following areas and streets will be closed to traffic during all of September 11th:
• Zuccotti Park at Broadway and Liberty Street
• Liberty Street between Broadway and Church Street
• Liberty Street Pedestrian Bridge
• Thames Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
• Albany Street between Greenwich and West Street
• Carlisle Street between Greenwich and West Streets
• Cedar Street between Broadway and Church / Trinity Place
• Church Street / Trinity Place between Battery Place to Barclay Street
• Cortlandt Street between Broadway and Church Street

The following streets will be closed to traffic through 4 p.m. on September 11th:
• Dey Street between Broadway And Church Street
• Fulton Street between Broadway and Church Street
• Vesey Street between Broadway and Church Street
• Barclay Street between Broadway and West Street

No parking is allowed on the following streets during September 11th:
• Murray Street from West to Church Streets
• Greenwich Street from Warren to Barclay Streets
• Park Place from West Broadway to Greenwich Streets
• West Broadway from Warren to Barclay Streets
• Warren Street between West Street and Broadway

AUDIO LINK: Click HERE to listen to the frightening radio transmissions of frantic Hatzolah members screaming for help as the World Trade Center collapsed on-top of them. Besides for a few non-life-threatening injuries not one of the hundreds of members at the scene was killed. Fast forward to 8:00 to hear the collapse of the first tower. The most frightening moment is at 12:20 – when a member tells the dispatcher “tell my wife at least I said Shema.”

VIDEO LINK: Click HERE to see the terror at the WTC filmed by a family at home a few blocks away on the 36th floor. The film has not been edited, and shows the second plane hitting the tower as well as both collapses.

(Yehuda Drudgestein – YWN)


  1. I am a hatzolah member who was there & of course the whole issue is ingrained in my head. I am not the one to say what,where,when,etc. why something happens, we need a gadol for that.
    I always wonder what an unbelievable kiddush hashem happened that not one hatzolah member was killed. There were so many near deaths,ubelievable escapes, tremendous nissim for so many members.
    There is one thing that we all had there & that was ACHDUS. We all went to help, chasidim, litvaks, shorts, neklaces, rings,tzitzis on the outside,baseball caps,beaver hats, from every single type of background representing ALL jews.

    Maybe if we all can get back that feeling of kish echad, bleiv echad, one for all and all for one, Hashem will bring unbelievable yeshuas to jews all over the world, because no matter where we are, we will feel for our fellow jews. (nosei beim chaveiro, being dan lkaf zchus,etc).
    It’s up to us and we can do it slowly but surely, one step at a time.
    Hopefully Hashem will see our small steps and in turn will reciprocate & bring the Geulah. Chazak to all. Kesiva vchasima tova.

    This day changed our country- do you remember how we all felt that day and for the next few weeks? American flags were flying over many people’s houses. We cared about each other in a way that was never outwardly shown before. We had a sense of American pride and gratitude to our country for what they did- America was hit but America will bounce back and rebuild. It was there for us, we will be there for them. No one cared about what someone looked like- you needed help, you got it. The stores that gave away water, supplies, running shoes for those who needed to walk home- for free. The care for every yid no matter the type of hat he wears or the color of his shirt.
    Now, where are we today?
    Have we forgotten what we stand for, as Frum yidden and Frum Americans? Can we say that we learned our lesson?

  3. What aliya said is 100% right. Do we need tragedies chas veshalom to feel love for all Jews? May we always feel ahavas yisroel in times of peace and tranquilty!!

  4. Unbelievable! I cant believe that over time, i have forgotten (to a degree) what we all lived thru. Watching this was a good reminder.
    We need to better ourselves.
    Kesiva V’chasima Tova.