When the World Trade Center collapsed on Sept. 11, 2001, 25 people made it out of the south tower.
Florence Jones, a manager on the 77th floor of the south tower at the time, recalls how she made it out alive.
“To see these young people doing the sign of the cross and jumping. You’re like, oh my God,” she told ABC News.
That day remains one of pain and sorrow for Jones. The friends and colleagues she lost on that day bring back memories every year.
A recent call from one of her friend’s sons, 20-year-old Jake Campbell, might have made it even more bittersweet.
Campbell asked Jones for any memories she had of his mother. Her thoughtful reply regarding his mother’s kindness was all that she needed to say to put a smile on his face.
A heartwarming memory made 20 years after the attack
As the 20th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th passed this Saturday, many Americans reflect on the event.
Although it marks a day to reminisce loved ones lost, for Muslim-American children, it’s a day they dread every year.
According to CNN News, Muslim-American children feel stereotyped for their religious status after 9/11.
This discrimination, however, didn’t commence overnight. Islamophobia has long been seen throughout history, but became apparent with the 9/11 attack.
Muslim-American children feel isolated at school when other children tease them for their religion, which they associate terrorism and danger with.
It is important now with the historical day approaching to be mindful of the events that took place two decades ago, and how it can affect others to this day.
Three 9/11 survivors reflect on their similar stories
Memories of the attacks of 9/11 lead many Americans to mourn every year. With this year marking two decades since the event, three fathers who survived share their stories.
Don Basco located in Tower 1 of the World Trade Center, Joe Dittmar in Tower 2, and Ryan Yantis in the Pentagon all recall chaos from where they were when terror struck.
“You could really feel bad, or you could feel, ‘Thank you God,'” Dittmar told ABC News.
Basco and Yantis collaborated to write a book documenting their experience, while Dittmar founded the Always Remember Initiative.
The overall goal that these men have is to keep the memories of the 3,000 people who fell victim to the attack alive.
Personal stories exhibited in library
Twenty years ago, Lindsey Mucciolo worked at a bank next to the World Trade Center. If it weren’t for her maternity leave, Mucciolo tells NPR, that she probably wouldn’t be here today.
“If I had not been on maternity leave, I would have been right there front and center and if I had just taken five minutes to buy a card or a book which I often did in the Trade Center, I would have been there when the plane hit,” she said.
She and her husband, Lou, are two of the thirty people who gave their stories from 9/11 to the Normal Public Library and the McLean County Museum of History.
The pain recalled by the couple at the exhibit is full of grief as they look back on the weeks of funerals they attended for friends from the catastrophic event.
Visitors to the exhibit were asked to write what they remember from 9/11, so that their stories can be documented at the library, too.