September 11th – Fifteen Years

I realized a few days ago that the 15th year anniversary of the September 11th attacks was approaching and started looking at – and saving – images from then that are in the public domain.  I initially had no plan on what to do with them until yesterday, when I decided to do a short video.

Much has happened in the years since the planes flew into the World Trade Center.  The world seems far different, with terror attacks occurring all too frequently around the world, terror attacks that gain little or nothing for those who plot and plan them.

The first several images are from several years to a month before the attack.  They simply show New York City with the twin towers still standing.

The music track used is “September 11, 2001 – Theme from the Last Castle” by Jerry Goldsmith.  According to YouTube, videos using this track are viewable everywhere except Germany.

Image used in this video are public domain, accessed from the Library of Congress or the U.S. National Archives.  Images are viewable in a Flickr album at

america, american history, disaster images, history, new york, terrorism, urban

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  • Cheerful Monk Sep 5, 2016

    Well done — thank you! The world is certainly different than it was then.
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    • Mike Sep 5, 2016

      Thank you so much. I hoping to do more videos and share some of my old ones.

      One of the next new ones will be “Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign” using the soundtrack “Sign” by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band.
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  • Hilary Sep 6, 2016

    Hi Mike – it was horrific. I remember going up one of the towers in 1976, as they were still being built … incredible views. Clever to do the video – Hilary
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    • Mike Sep 6, 2016

      Hilary – Thanks.

      In 1976, we were living in Connecticut when I was stationed on the submarine. With the boat having two crews, I was home in the States half of the time. In the 3 1/2 years we had a home there, we never stopped in NYC, only passed through on our way somewhere else.

      Years later, when our son-in-law was stationed at McQuire Air Force Base, we finally made it into the city. We enjoyed it so much, we vowed to make it back again, and, when we did, I wanted to go up to the observation platform at the towers.

      That was in July 2001, less than 2 months before the attack.
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  • Hilary Sep 7, 2016

    Hi Mike – did you not go up to the Observation Deck then ? I also was in Connecticut … at a cousin’s home – nearish Boston I guess. The Blaschka’s Glass Flower room (museum) always amazed me – so much so I’ve posted about them .. memories.

    Cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Sep 7, 2016

      No, we didn’t. We were only there for a few hours with daughter and son-in-law and headed back to their house in AFB housing. We visited a number of places in a short period.
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