SUR­VIVORS STAND TALL

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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.

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