Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 122: Paying Homage

When: Sunday, September 11th, from 9am to 9:30am
Where: The Arthur Kill, via the Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier in Carteret
What: Fishing
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 69 degrees, E wind at 5mph
Barometric Pressure: 30.12 and steady
Moon: Waxing, just about full
Water Conditions: High tide was at 8:40am

Today really wasn't about fishing.

Although I gave it my best to try and entice a resident bluefish or striped bass with a Tsunami Timber Lure popper and a Point Jude Po-Jee, I went to Carteret this morning as a tribute to this solemn, unforgettable day in American history.

The Veterans Memorial Fishing Pier is on the New Jersey side of the Arthur Kill and across the waterway is the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island. The site had been closed for some time, but was used to deposit debris, and along with it victims, from the terrorist attack on September 11th of 2001. Standing from the pier, you can see an American flag rising over a hill in the distance, forever commemorating those who lost their lives in this tragedy.

Although I was 50 blocks north of the mayhem and the horror, I was in New York City on that day. I remember getting into the office and hearing that a plane hit one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I immediately figured that some novice pilot was sightseeing and got a little too close. That could not have been further from the truth. Upon hearing that a second plane hit the other tower, I realized it was no accident. A group of coworkers and myself huddled in one of the office's with a television, watching in disbelief. I had my eyes fixed on the screen the moment the first tower crumbled to the ground. It was unimaginable.

Shortly thereafter we were called into a conference room, told that anyone with loved ones in the towers should resist the urge to go down there and that everyone should do their best to get off of Manhattan Island.

The fear and sadness that ensued over the course of the next days and weeks was palpable and much of it has not subsided as Americans reflect on this devastating day 10 years later.

It is a day we will never forget.

God Bless America.

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