February 24, 2011

Online Interactive Timeline Of 9/11 Launched

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum being built in Manhattan at the Ground Zero site launched an online interactive time line on its website Wednesday. The web site presents a moment by moment progression of the events of the traumatic day, AFP reports.

Beginning at 5:45 am, the timeline opens with a grainy photo of the first hijackers passing through security and boarding American Airlines Flight 11. The slides, voices and videos continue until 8:30 pm of that evening when president George W. Bush's addresses the nation from Ground Zero.

Stunning images and first person accounts are included from people witnessing first-hand the attacks, and from fire fighters and other survivors who were at the scene when airliners crashed into the buildings or when the twin towers fell.

One office worker's first-person account, from about 9:15 a.m., when the towers were being evacuated, recounts his descent down the stairwell from his office on the 47th floor of the north tower, Reuters reports.

Bruce Dellinger, who worked at a marketing firm, in one of the towers recalls "There were three flows of people. The regular people like me going down, the people who were coming down from the other floors, who were very badly burned. No skin. No hair. Just burned."

"The third flow of people was security personnel and fire department people... in some of those eyes you could see, they knew something, that it was dangerous... while I was walking down, they were going up to their death, and I was walking down to live," Dellinger concluded.

Organizers of the web site have taken particular care to allow visitors to view and hear only what they feel comfortable absorbing, and included a fast-forward button to skip anything particularly disturbing. The album is available for viewing at http://timeline.national911memorial.org/.

The web site also offers a preview of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum itself due to open on September 11 this year, the 10th anniversary of the attacks.


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