Remembering 9/11/01

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Nine. Eleven.

When paired together, those two numbers draw a reaction from every American, even to this day. Even if they aren’t in reference to September 11, 2001, hearing those two numbers will at least make you stop and think.

So on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, I think it would be a wise choice to drop the sports talk from Breslanta for a day to reflect on an awful day in American history.

New York Magazine issued some final numbers from the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, and I wanted to re-post them because they are so telling of the situation, even 11 years later.

“The initial numbers are indelible: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. From there, they ripple out.”

  • Total number killed in attacks (official figure as of 9/5/02): 2,819
  • Number of WTC companies that lost people: 60
  • Number of employees who died in Tower One: 1,402
  • Number of employees who died in Tower Two: 614
  • Number of employees lost at Cantor Fitzgerald: 658
  • Number of nations whose citizens were killed in attacks: 115
  • Ratio of men to women who died: 3:1
  • Age of the greatest number who died: between 35 and 39
  • Number of families who got no remains: 1,717
  • Estimated units of blood donated to the New York Blood Center: 36,000
  • Total units of donated blood actually used: 258
  • Number of people who lost a spouse or partner in the attacks: 1,609
  • Estimated number of children who lost a parent: 3,051
  • Percentage of Americans who knew someone hurt or killed in the attacks: 20
  • Tons of debris removed from site: 1,506,124
  • Days fires continued to burn after the attack: 99
  • Jobs lost in New York owing to the attacks: 146,100
  • Economic loss to New York in month following the attacks: $105 billion
  • Estimated cost of cleanup: $600 million
  • Estimated amount of money needed to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $7.5 billion
  • Amount of money recently granted by U.S. government to overhaul lower-Manhattan subways: $4.55 billion
  • Estimated number of New Yorkers suffering from post-traumatic-stress disorder as a result of 9/11: 422,000

All facts courtesy of New York Magazine

I’m sure you’ve read a story or two about the horrors of that day, but whether you’ve read about 9/11 all day or haven’t read a single piece, please take the time to read this firsthand account of a man escaping the 81st floor of the World Trade Center, and then having the building fall down on him.

And if the room gets a little dusty while you’re reading, I forgive you.

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