SURVIVORS STAND TALL
THE anniversary of 9/11 never ceases to remind us all of the courage and humanity shown by those who thankfully made their way out of those twin towers on that fateful day and the emergency response teams who helped save them. If you ever get the chance to visit the 9/11 Memorial – built in the ashes of what became known as Ground Zero of these heinous attacks – you will be overcome, as I was, at the awe-inspiring testimonies from those who sat innocently at their desks one minute, only to be fighting for their very lives the next. This heartwrenching documentary shares the stories of some of those survivors and how they banded together in their hour of need. There were those who could barely comprehend what was happening and could just manage to get themselves out of the buildings, but those I find most remarkable are those who thought of others, helping those in wheelchairs or with child to get to safety. This special focuses on two floors – the 81st floor of the north town and the 77th of the south, directly below the impact zones of the hijacked planes. Only last week I came across an image of one of the “jumpers” from the floors above in our photo archives and it took me straight back to the horror that unraveled over the days, weeks and months afterwards. Lest we forget the brutality of that act, but also the bravery of those still standing to tell their inspiring stories of heroism.