September 11, 2001: 15 Years later

I woke up with a migraine and called into work at the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) that I would not be in.

I was in the shower, when my then partner burst into the bathroom and said that world war three had started, that the Pentagon, Trade Centre and Smithsonian had been struck.

I hit the couch with a towel and shampoo dripping down my face.

The Smithsonian was safe and the reporting was erratic. Shocked really. the media just streamed live raw and uncensored images.

Between the American, Canadian and British News, it was jarring.

“Don’t park in the shadow of the building!” I screamed uselessly at the Fire and Police agencies in a stunned battle for Incident Command.

I saw the second tower fall live on tv.

I heard the reports about 5 planes and over the day, that became 4.



I remember getting dressed and having to turn off the tvs.

went out for a walk


Vancouver was eerily quiet – there were no plane noises from the YVR in Richmond.

Even car traffic was hushed.


there was a banging sound, a group of guys roofing a house

didn’t they know the world ended?

I ended up at Stong’s a Family Grocery store on Dunbar

There were people who were unaware that 9/11 had happened even

that sense of shared shock


I walked the few blocks downhill back home and was stunned to see a Canadian Fighter Jet leading a commercial airplane into YVR.

I stayed close to the tv the rest of the day. I phoned my aunt, who is blind to tell her about the news.

I was describing the tv scene to her .. and I couldn’t tell her that a man leaped from the 80 something floor and had, contrary to childhood belief did not pass out on the way down –

when there was a tv voice on CNN – someone saying something like “are we really broadcasting people’s falling to their deaths?”


then the feeds were being edited, media people’s professional training kicked in and as the media began to cope, and fill in the story that no one was believing was happening.


the next day, I went to work and within an hour, the RCMP HQ was in lockdown. someone phoned in a bomb threat. 6 hours in the basement. locked down.

that had been the mistake the day before.

Many people died on that day, and exponentially more in the Crusade 11 now that resulted from that day.

It also caused a warp in the middle class across the Western Nations, as the stock markets tanked and people’s investments and savings were erased.

It was an attack on Capitalism itself and the wealth disparity that is actually caused by religion.

but mostly, it was people who paid the price for group ideas.

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Sep 6, 2011 – The Sept. 11 attacks killed 26 Canadians. … He and his wife, Lori, who was raised in Montreal, had three children after their marriage in 1990. … He was aboard United Airlines Flight 175 when it crashed into the World Trade Center’s south tower.

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The September 11 attacks killed 2,977 people and injured more than 6,000 others, not … have sincedied. At least eleven unborn babies also died on 9/11.

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