It’s still hard to believe the events that took place ten years ago on this very day. I remember it very well. I was working at Butlins Holiday Resort, Bognor Regis at the time the attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York took place when a gentleman came running into the place I was working in at the time. I was talking to Libby Allen (now Hutchby) about something or other and he asked us if we had seen the news. We hadn’t and he proceeded to tell us that a plane had flown into one of the WTC towers in NYC. I automatically thought it was an accident, well, you would, I mean who in their right mind would do something like that delibrately. But of course, that wasn’t the case. That was when someone else came in to say that a second plane had hit the other tower, you knew it wasn’t.
That evening I watched the TV in my room in tears as I saw the horror of what had happened that fateful day. It was like watching something from a Hollywood blockbuster. It just didn’t seem real. Seeing the people leaping from windows, wondering what the desperation was they felt was when they realised they had no choice. It was heartbreaking.
And for the preceeding days afterwards where we watched in hope that they would find survivors amongst the rubble of what used to stand tall and proud. There are many conspiracies going round right now about what happened that fateful day but whatever it was, it doesn’t matter now, what matters is the innocent lives of the people who worked there and the heroes who tragically lost there lives when the towers collapsed. And for those of course who were on board the 4 ill-fated flights. You are gone but never forgotten and I hope you will forever rest in peace. You are in the hearts of all our American cousins and in each and every one of us across the world. This is my tribute to you. And I feel for the families who still feel the losses today but who have also remained strong throughout the years since they lost loved ones. My thoughts are with you and will always remain that way.