It is difficult to realise the impact that the events of 11th September 2001 had on the world when you look back today. Time has soothed the memories and the pain of events which started at 8:45am when American Airlines Boring 767 Flight 11 collided with the World Trade Centre’s north tower in New York City. This event killed hundreds of people immediately and trapped hundreds more in the 110-story skyscraper. Eighteen minutes later, a second Boeing 767, United Airlines Flight 175, flew into the south tower. Both towers were now on fire with burning debris covering the surrounding buildings and streets below while many jumped from the towers to their deaths in an attempt to escape.
Last night here at Jammy Toast we settled down after tea to watch some telly and decided to watch a documentary about 9/11 and some of the people who died in the collapse of the towers. The programme took a look at some of the people who jumped from the towers rather than be burnt alive within. The official line on these people has always been that these people didn’t jump – because that would be considered suicide – but rather they were blown out of the buildings by fire or explosions. This is an understandable position because many religions consider suicide to be a sin and it also saves the relatives of those who had “fallen” from thinking their relative had suffered; maybe they had been killed in the explosion that threw them from the building.