It’s a day that many of us wish that we could forget, however it will live on in our hearts and minds for years to come. Looking back to September 11th, 2001, many of us can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard the devastating news about the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City.
Just moments after the attack, footage was circulating the internet and television news stations, sharing graphic photographs and video of the terrifying scene. However, for those that were there to witness the event first hand, the experience would be even more difficult to forget.
Caroline Dries has made a name for herself as a successful television writer and producer. She’s worked on popular and well-known television shows including Melrose Place, Smallville, and The Vampire Diaries. However, before she became known for her incredible television career, she was a student at New York University. In 2001 Dries lived on the 32nd floor of a dormitory at 200 Water Street, New York City. Close to the twin towers, the young student experienced a frightening first-hand experience on that fateful day as she was able to see the attacks from her dormitory window.
When the initial attack happened, with the first plane striking the north tower Dries and her roommate Megan heard what they believed was an ‘explosion or something,’ and Dries began to record the scene. The video that they captured shared their raw and very real reaction to the events as they unfolded. At one point Megan, on the phone with her mother, describes the what she is witnessing to her mother as they switch on the news in the hope of obtaining further information.
The women are still watching the situation unfold as the second plane hit the south tower, screaming in fear as they realize what is happening right before their eyes. As the reality of the situation begins to hit them they begin to panic as they rush from their apartment sharing that they fear they too are in danger from their current location so high up in their building. They run to the building’s elevator where they are met by a number of other residents, also running in fear from their apartments.
You can see the video, which first went viral in the days following the event here:
What Dries and her roommate were unaware of at the time was the incredible scale of the attacks that occurred on that day. A total of 2763 people perished at the World Trade Center attack, including 343 firefighters and paramedics, 23 New York City police offers and 37 Port Authority police officers, all working to try to free those who were trapped within the buildings. The day would become known as the largest attack to occur on US soil and would shape the nation’s views at home and abroad in relation to the war on terror.
While September 11, 2001 may, according to the calendar, be years behind us, the impact of this day will be felt for decades to come. Our heart goes out to all those affected by the attacks including the survivors and those who lost loved ones to the tragedy.