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9/11

Posted by hielandman on Saturday, September 11, 2010

I worked at  Ground Zero as a volunteer on Sept. 13th, 2001.  It was the most horrific thing I had ever seen or experienced....No matter what you saw on TV, the newspapers, the internet, or magazines, it was not nearly so bad as it really was up close and in person....it was a very long time before I could talk about it without getting all emotional and choking up....shortly after this happened, my musical partner in crime(a native New Yorker, from Queens and then Amityville) wrote this song, which we recorded in Jan. 2002.  Just this past Thursday, I put it to a slideshow, which I hope you all will watch.  Let me know what you think,. thanks,

Don

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kshfscCFPw



5 comments on “9/11”

kc8tby Says:
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @2:52:26 PM

Let me just take this opportunity to say thank you, Don, for your work at Ground Zero during that terrible period of our nation's history.
I can only imagine how horrific and terrible a site it must have been and how difficult it must have been for you as well as all of the other brave volunteers to have seen.
In the hearts and minds of so many of your fellow Americans you are true hero in every sense of the word!
Thank God for good people like you Don.
We will always remember and be grateful.

kc8tby Says:
Sunday, September 12, 2010 @2:54:19 PM

Let me just take this opportunity to say thank you, Don, for your work at Ground Zero during that terrible period of our nation's history.
I can only imagine how horrific and terrible a site it must have been and how difficult it must have been for you as well as all of the other brave volunteers.
In the hearts and minds of so many of your fellow Americans you are a true hero in every sense of the word!
Thank God for good people like you Don.
We will always remember and be grateful.

hielandman Says:
Monday, September 13, 2010 @8:26:17 AM

Thank you for the kind words, Kc8tby. I never felt like a hero and don't consider myself one, but apparently other people felt we were. When we came back that night to NJ(by boat), there was a crowd of people waiting for us on the Jersey City waterfront where we left,(it was about midnight when we came over), and as we all left the boat and came up the dock, the people started applauding us, it was very emotional experience, and makes me fight back tears thinking about it...I was glad I was able to help(they put out a call to union construction workers, which I was at the time-sheet metal)it was a strange time. Take care.

jerseydevil Says:
Monday, September 13, 2010 @4:52:35 PM

Don,I am from Middletown,NJ.I was at the Atlantic Highlands harbour when the planes hit.It was a clear day and very easy to see from the other side of the bay.When the second plane hit it became obvious that it wasn't an accidental crash as some news reports indicated.Middletown lost thirty seven people,two of which I knew.I can still smell the dusty fouled air coming across the bay.I will never forget that day for the rest of my life.Thank you for your actions in a terrible time...Chris

hielandman Says:
Sunday, September 19, 2010 @10:45:24 AM

Thank you Chris, I appreciate it... I have fished out of Atlantic Highlands many times with my Dad when he was still here(he was a saltwater guy, I am a freshwater guy, so I haven't gone out to the sea much since he passed away) I have many fond memories of that place....I did not see the planes hit, and in a way I'm glad I didn't...from where I grew up (Verona, Essex County) we had a clear view of the city, we could see the towers being built in the early 70's, and in '77 I remember seeing them flicker at the start of the blackout that summer...
I too will never forget that day, in the same way I will never forget 11/22/63. I didn't personally know anyone who died, but I have a book given to my ex-girlfriend , who gave it to me, from someone she worked with the year prior, and he died there...Several people I know were supposed to have died there, but didn't, the great Irish fiddler Tony Demarco among them! I played in Orange County NY a lot at that time, and it is full of cops and fireman who work in NY, and they lost many people from there, so much so that they named a bar in Monroe NY after the guys that died, it was called CB McMinnions(supposedly a composite of a number of their first or last names, don't quite know how they arrived at it), and they had etched glass portraits of all the fallen on the front windows of the place. Sorry for rambling, I could go on and on. Thanks again for writing, take care, and come to Mannion's in Somerville this coming Friday night, and we will play it for you in person. Take care, Don

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