Sadly, not many people know about these unsung heroes of 9/11.
The STORY: (H/T CO) So yesterday I was in the chow hall on my Forward Operating Base here in Afghanistan, and, as usual, I grabbed a diet cola to go with my meal. The Diet Pepsi served in our chow hall is not from the United States. It is manufactured in Dubai by Pepsi Arabia and says so right on the can.Yesterday, for some odd reason I looked–I mean I really LOOKED–at the subtle “clip art” on the background of the can.And I did a double take. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… I examined the can for several minutes while my food grew cold, wondering if my eyes were deceiving me.
But there was no getting around it. To either side of the Pepsi logo, there was an image of a jet airliner over tall buildings. Looking at the image, I couldn’t help but think it alluded to 9/11.Three other soldiers were sitting with me at my table. One of the other soldiers asked what I was looking at so hard. Instead of answering, I handed him the can and said, “Look at the artwork on this can. Do you see what I see?”
He looked. His eyes grew wide. He turned the can from side to side. The other soldiers at the table looked, too. None of us said anything. The phrase “9/11″ never passed from our lips. We could LOOK at each other and understand we all saw the same thing, a “sneaky allusion to 9/11.”
FOX NEWS ) (H/T RevereRidesAgain) “That flag means the world to me. Other than my children, that flag means the world to me,” said Wentz.
A letter from the Fairways at Heron Bay association said the flag detracts from the aesthetic harmony of the surrounding properties. Wentz said he was confronted by Patricia Favata, president of the property’s board of directors, according to the station. No one was at Favata’s home when WPLG Local 10 tried to talk to her.
Wentz said he ran into Tower 1 and started pulling out people before the building collapsed. He said he lost 43 friends and colleagues that day. Wentz says he now has cancer, from breathing in all the particles during the cleanup of Ground Zero.
“I will not take that flag down. That flag will remain up. I don’t care how many fines they want to give me, how many notices they want to give me, I refuse to take that down,” Wentz told the station.
On the 10th anniversary of September 11, a Muslim man going by the name of Tarek G. claims that he received an unwelcome surprise when he ordered a burger from Petrol Station, a local restaurant in Houston.
The Blaze On the outside of the styrofoam to-go box that his food arrived in, there was a hand-drawn picture of an airplane heading toward one of the Twin Towers. To add insult to injury, the image also had text that read, “Happy September 11” (in the picture, the “11” was cleverly portrayed by what appears to be the two World Trade Center buildings).
I decided to order a burger to go and take home to finish watching the Cowboys game. When the burger came out, “Happy September 11th” was written on the box, with the “11” being the WTC and a plane flying towards it. [...] I asked him [the bartender] to please take the burger away and give me a refund. He sort of scoffed and proceeded to speak with his manager, and within earshot, called my friend and I “assholes” for complaining about what he clearly thought was funny. To be fair, the manager came over and provided me with a refund, but no apology or explanation. A bit stunned, we finished our beers and left it at that. Before leaving, I asked to get in touch with the owner so that I could voice my concerns – the manager asked me to leave my information, at the same time confessing that the “joke was f&$cked up“.
But it didn’t end there. Tarek continues:
As I walked out, I heard from behind the bar “Allahu Akbar…” ["God is the greatest"] repeated several times.
REGRETTABLY, in the end, the employee was apparently fired and the restaurant is attempting to ease tensions. Below, some of the Tweets that were sent out by the restaurant, apologizing for the incident:
Banned by the U.S. media, this should be shown in every home and school in America on the anniversary of 9/11.
It is estimated that at least 200 people jumped to their deaths, far more than can be seen in the photographs taken that morning. The jumping started shortly after the first jet hit at 8:46 a.m. People jumped continuously during the 102 minutes that the north tower stood. It took just 10 seconds to fall but it wasn’t fast enough for the victims to lose consciousness before they hit the ground.
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FDNY first responders on hearing people jumping to their deaths from the top of the towers.
Welles Crowther was 24-years-old on September 11, 2001, working as an equities trader at Sandler, O’Neill and Partners on the 104th floor of the South Tower. A volunteer firefighter, Welles gave a call to his mom after the first plane hit to let her know he was ok at 9:12 a.m. He would never speak to her again.
The Blaze Welles’ mother Allison said she knew that her son was lost the moment she watched the South Tower collapsed, and with no signs of him at the end of September 2001, the family held a memorial service in Welles’ honor at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack, N.Y. where over 1,000 people came to pay respects.
Welles’ remains were recovered on March 19, 2002 along with NYFD firefighters and emergency services personnel who had been operating a NYFD Command Center in the lobby of the South Tower. Welles wore the number 19 at Boston College.
“We were just ready to accept we would never hear anything” about what happened to Welles during his last hour, said Alison to Fox News at the family home in Upper Nyack for a September 2002 story. Fox News reports that in the months following 9/11, Allison meticulously combed over every news video or article on the attack, hoping to see a glimpse of her son for any further information of what happened to him.
Then, on May 26, The New York Times published witness accounts of the last 102 minutes before the Twin Towers fell, featuring Judy Wein and Ling Young’s story of the man in the red bandanna.
“A mysterious man appeared at one point, his mouth and nose covered with a red handkerchief. He was looking for a fire extinguisher. As Judy Wein recalls, he pointed to the stairs and made an announcement that saved lives: Anyone who can walk, get up and walk now. Anyone who can perhaps help others, find someone who needs help and then head down.
In groups of two and three, the survivors struggled to the stairs. A few flights down, they propped up debris blocking their way, leaving a small passageway to slip through.
A few minutes behind this group was Ling Young, who also survived the impact in the sky lobby. She, too, said she had been steered by the man in the red bandanna, hearing him call out: ‘This way to the stairs.’ He trailed her down the stairs. Ms. Young said she soon noticed that he was carrying a woman on his back. Once they reached clearer air, he put her down and went back up.”
Knowing that her son always carried a red bandanna in his back right pocket, Welles’ mother believed that the description in the New York Times of the mysterious man with the red handkerchief was her son. After receiving a letter from Allison with a photo of Welles, Judy and Ling confirmed that Allison had finally found out what her son did in the last hour of his life. Wearing the red bandanna, a childhood habit, Welles’ saved at least 18 lives acting as a firefighter, not an equities trader in the final hour of his life.
“If he hadn’t come back, I wouldn’t have made it,” said Wein to CNN. “People can live 100 years and not have the compassion, the wherewithal to do what he did.”