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September 11th, 2001

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Posted by Nate on Friday, September 8th 2017:

This Monday, marks a very sad day not only in the history of the USA, but particularly for those of us who grew up in Brooklyn, and knew the area where the Twin Towers fell. I used to travel to that area, in lower Manhattan, where there were many electronic stores, before the Twin Towers were built. From Brooklyn, I went to my summer job on 14th St., near Union Square. At times, I would be sent on job assignments to lower Manhattan, with the Broadway bus. I remember one street called Lispenard Street, (I may have spelled it wrong), in lower Manhattan. In any event, my brother knew Mr. Abe Zelmanovich, who worked for Empire Blue Cross and Blue Shield, in the North Tower. I think that Abe worked on the 26th floor. Abe was fifty five years old,and a life long resident of Brooklyn; although he could have easily walked down the stairs and saved himself, he chose to remain with a co-worker, who was a quadriplegic, and who could not descend the stairs, without being carried. Unfortunately, before they could be rescued, the tower fell, and they perished. In March, 2002, when I visited Ground Zero, I saw Abe's name (along with many others), on a temporary memorial, at the site. I went back in 2009, and saw the Freedom Tower being built. In 2016, I went to the Freedom Tower, and saw the permanent memorial plaza. It was very, very sad and moving. This Monday, we should remember all of the victims of that terrible day.

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