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343 Lives Lost

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 September 2018 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

It's hard to believe that it has been 17 years already. The day seems like yesterday.

We shall never forget the 343 firefighters who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. See the full list of names and photographs of those firefighters who lost their lives HERE.

I don't know what it is about the number, but 343 shows up in my life almost on a daily basis in many forms. Whether the time is 3:43 PM, Room #343 in the department where I work, mathematics (7 x 7 x 7), or a page number. These all serve as just a subtle reminder of the sacrifices that were made on that fateful day.

What were you doing on September 11, 2001 when you first heard word of the attacks? I had just started a new job a few weeks prior and our secretary brought it to our attention after hearing something on the radio. We then went to the conference room where we watched it unfold on television.

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pascale from Brussels, Belgium

a sad day to remember :(

11 Sep 2018 5:21am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

I came home from work and my wife watched TV broadcast where the towers were falling. The sight was incredible. It was hard to believe it. It was a day when anger and wickedness were reborn in strength and eternal life. I do not think that it is possible to find the right peace after that. This could be a day to remember the fire and rescue personnel of all countries, each with his own flag. Maybe it would be a small start to the path to the world, if not so much hatred.

11 Sep 2018 5:39am

@Jypyä Pop: Well said!

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel hommage pour ce jour quelle vue superbe
Belle journée

11 Sep 2018 5:55am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

une triste journée qu'il ne faut pas oublier

11 Sep 2018 6:04am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une journée que personne ne pourra jamais oublier. Je l'ai vu a la TV en direct pour la seconde tour, et même encore maintenant, j'ai du mal à croire que cela s'est vraiment produit.
Bel hommage.
Bonne journée Steven

11 Sep 2018 6:36am

@Pascale MD: Merci!

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

A sad day for american people and for the world. Nice tribute

11 Sep 2018 6:38am

Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Difficile d'oublier ..surtout pour ces personnes toujours pas identifiée à l'heure ou je commente cette photo !
Mais on ne pourra pas oublier !!
Bonne journée

11 Sep 2018 7:07am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Never forgotten.

11 Sep 2018 7:37am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Un très bel hommage pour tous ces pompiers tellement courageux !! J'étais au travail et je l'ai entendu à la radio ... Je pense que personne n'oubliera ce qu'il faisait ce jour là ..Jamais ! Après les attentats plus rien n'a été pareil !

11 Sep 2018 7:59am

@Martine Libouton: Merci!

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A day that will never be forgotten.

11 Sep 2018 8:00am

Anne from France

Can't forget!

11 Sep 2018 9:21am

Sam from Chennai, India

A very sad day for the entire world and humanity.

11 Sep 2018 9:40am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Well presented

11 Sep 2018 9:48am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

We will never forget them.

11 Sep 2018 12:40pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

That is a devastating number for the loss of heroic people it involves, and the madness of that day. I was stripping wallpaper in my first home purchase, in the beginning stages of restoring a Victorian gem, and I had the television on in an adjacent room. I heard the words "tower has been hit by an airplane" and stopped what I was doing to check it out... in time to watch the rest of it unfolding in horror. I was in a state of incredulous shock when the second plane hit, and for a very real span of time it felt like all of North America was In jeopardy. An awful memory, embedded for life, and all I can do to counter measure it, is to focus on the courage of the first responders and so many others who stepped up to show us what humanity is SUPPOSED to be about.

11 Sep 2018 1:06pm

@Rick: Thank you for sharing!

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I was at work when someone came in and said we were under attack. We were all sent home where I was glued to the tv. Living in NJ and so close to the Towers and the place in PA where the plane went down, I knew we would be personally affected by deaths that day. The closest was my husband's cousin, in his early 20s, a husband and father of a young baby and a pregnant wife. He worked in the Towers. I have visited several Memorials and found his name engraved. I shed tears every September 11th.

11 Sep 2018 1:25pm

@Ruthiebear: Thank you for sharing!

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

somehow it seems much longer because it changed our lives so much

a stunning tribute

11 Sep 2018 2:44pm

Jean-Louis Guianvarc'h from Valence d'Albigeois, France

Une journée qu'on ne peut pas oublier:bel hommage à ceux qui ont essayé de sauver le plus de vies possibles.

11 Sep 2018 3:12pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine choice of 343 and how this number is important in your life. A good reminder for us all.

11 Sep 2018 3:21pm

willy from Belgium

un très bel hommage Steven

excellent !!

11 Sep 2018 4:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely tribute to these first responders. Seeing the 343 has quite an impact.

11 Sep 2018 5:24pm

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Sad day to remember

11 Sep 2018 6:48pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


11 Sep 2018 6:54pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I was in a high school getting ready for the next class. I rushed up to the library where many had gathered to watched the new unfold on TV. A sad day indeed.

11 Sep 2018 7:31pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks for sharing!

London Caller from United Kingdom

I still remember that night.
I heard the news from the radio.
Just a few days before I left Malaysia for my studies in Scotland.
I wrote something about fire safety in high rise buildings for my uni dissertation two years later.
The Sears Tower was one of the buildings I studied too.

11 Sep 2018 9:21pm

@London Caller: Thank you for sharing!

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

It was a senseless act.

11 Sep 2018 11:44pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A wonderful tribute. Now I will always remember that number. I was at work sitting in my cubicle and someone ran down the hall with the news. We all went into the conference room. After the Pentagon was hit, they closed the federal government and we had to go home. The traffic was probably the worst I have ever experienced trying to leave Washington, DC. What would have normally taken 20 minutes took hours.

12 Sep 2018 12:01am

@Elaine Hancock: Thank you for sharing!

omid from mashhad, Iran

Great tribute ...

12 Sep 2018 9:29am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

I join this tribute, Steve. We will never forget

12 Sep 2018 2:51pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from United States

A fitting tribute, Steven. Thank you. Interesting how the number fits into your daily life - don't you love little things like that? I had just called and wished my daughter a Happy 19th Birthday, and was ready to set off for work (Arizona being 3 hours behind NYC)... If I hadn't had the morning news playing on the TV, I'd have heard it on the radio while driving - and I'm not sure I could have coped. As it was, I had a little time to make some phone calls and gather myself.

17 Sep 2018 12:27am