I sat vigil for the souls of 9/11 victims - 20 years later I still feel their presence - and absence


September 17, 2021

(JTA) — Two nights after the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, we were instructed to evacuate our building. There was talk of a potential attack on the nearby Empire State Building. My roommates and I covered our mouths and noses with towels to protect against the still fetid air and walked east from our midtown Manhattan Stern College apartment to get out of the danger zone. Every telephone pole was plastered with hastily printed “MISSING” signs, each with a different smiling face and a phone number to call.

When we reached the barricades, staffed by state troopers and police, we’d gone as...

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