That Day In September by Artie Van Why
Van Hughes Publishing ISBN 978-1-4116-8315-0
Everything changed September 11,2001. The resulting pain and anguish will remain immeasurable. To watch the horror of the events of that day on TV was one thing. To have watched them first hand is another story. That Day in September written by Artie Van Why is his story of what happened that day and of the impact it left on him.
Mr. Van Why moved to New York City in 1977 with hopes of becoming an actor. After years of working temp jobs he took a full time job with a firm that eventually merged with another firm. The merger led to a move that changed his work place to a building across the street from the World Trade Center. He came to love the World Trade Center. He drank his morning coffee while sitting on a bench close to the fountain. Lunch time outside gave him the opportunity to watch the ongoing theater. There were summer concerts and people danced. All that changed September 11, 2001. He writes ” I don’t remember which came first, the shudder of the buildings or the loud sound. They probably came at the same time.” Mr. Van Why then describes in vivid detail what he saw once he came outside. People were jumping from the North Tower. The ground was covered with wreckage, glass and paper. Then the second plane struck the South Tower. Chaos and panic continued. He was able to make his way to Midtown where he lived. He describes the walk home: “A mass of silent humanity walking together.” He slept with a light on that first night. He couldn’t watch replays of the horrors of the day. He had seen it for himself. He eloquently explains what it was like to be in New York City after September 11,2011.
This is a beautifully written book which encompasses so much emotion and insight that it is often heart wrenching to read. With incredible inner strength he manages to cope but thinks of the events of that day every day. He pays tribute to those who died and to those who tried to help save them. This is a moving book and can be read over and over.
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