Jersey City, NJ – Paul Vega remembers exactly what he was doing when the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center as if it were yesterday. Except it was 19 years ago this month.
Vegas was driving an ambulance, with a patient he picked up a few minutes earlier, to Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC), where he was employed as an EMT.
He recalls seeing smoke billowing from the tower, but his two-way radio wasn’t working, and he had no idea what had happened. Like many people in the initial moments after the tower was struck, Vega thought it was an accident – a small plane or news helicopter that had collided with the building.
Commuters riding the PATH trains from Newark to the World Trade Center (WTC) in NYC have cause to celebrate: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced yesterday that weekday PATH Service between Newark and the WTC has been restored, although PATH service is still unavailable on weekends. Through February, from Fridays at 10 p.m. through Mondays at 5 a.m., crews will use this stretch of time to repair damages caused by Hurricane Sandy.
With Hoboken PATH service to WTC still under construction, Hoboken commuters must continue to find alternate routes to downtown NYC. According to a press release put out by the Port Authority of NY and NJ, “Crews continue to work around-the-clock to return weekday Hoboken to World Trade Center service and weekend service between Newark and the World Trade Center. Those are the final segments of service yet to be restored.”
PATH Train photo: Source- Bing.com
Several events will take place throughout the City Including a Walkway Dedication in Honor of Jersey City’s Fallen
Heroes and the “Reflections”9-11 Memorial Service
and the Jersey City 9/11 Memorial Committee will observe the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks with the annual 9/11 Memorial Service “Reflections,” at 8:20 a.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at the foot of Grand Street on the Jersey City Waterfront. The public is encouraged to attend the patriotic ceremony. Continue reading Jersey City to Observe the 10th Anniversary of the Attack on America →
By Sally Deering
On the morning of the 9/11 attack, Jersey City photographer Sandra Swieder grabbed her camera and notebook and headed to the waterfront where she captured the heroic rescue and recovery efforts of firefighters, police officers, doctors, nurses, EMTs and other volunteers. In the days and months that followed, Swieder continued to photograph and collect stories from survivors, witnesses and emergency responders this side of the Hudson.
On Sept. 1 and running through Sept. 15, Art House Productions, a non-profit organization committed to the development and presentation of performing and visual arts in Jersey City presents “From Across the River,” a photography exhibition by Swieder that captures the events of September 11th from the New Jersey perspective. Continue reading From Across the River: Images and Reflections of September 11th from the Jersey Side →
Here is a beautiful photo of the Twin Light Beams shot by talented photographer Stephen A. Mack from the New Jersey Waterfront town of Weehawken NJ.
May we never forget that tragic event on 9/11 and lets keep those that lost their lives and their families in our prayers and memories.