NYC Commuters Still Healing
MOUNT POCONO — For many New Yorkers, September 11 is still too difficult to talk about. It`s been eleven years and for some, the memory is still too upsetting.
It`s a typical day for commuters at the Martz Trailways bus stop in Delaware Water Gap. Commuters are waiting for the next bus to take them to their jobs in New York City.
But Tuesday, for some of the now-Poconos residents, the day is a difficult one.
Eleven years ago, on September 11, some of these commuters were living in New York City and were there when the World Trade Center towers were struck by planes.
“I got to my son`s school and all the parents scrambled to pick up their children. My son and a few kids were in his classroom,” said Michelle Bauer of East Stroudsburg.
“I have friends in the post office, in the building, who lost their lives. I feel real bad what happened to them and everyone else, it`s really sad,” said James Aponte of Kunkletown.
Most of these commuters say they haven`t gone back to where the buildings once stood. Many say it`s just still too fresh in their minds.
“I still can`t believe it. It`s so many years later and it’s still hard to believe it actually happened,” said Bauer.
“I try not to put it on my mind because if I do, I`m going to feel from it,” said Rodney Cuttino of Mount Pocono.
Some commuters who start their day at the Martz bus stop say they did not want to go on camera because it`s just too hard to talk about September 11, but one thing they say is most eerie about the eleventh anniversary is the weather, because it was just like this, eleven years ago.
The commuters who didn`t want to go on camera told Newswatch 16 they don`t talk much about September 11.
One man, standing in a crowd waiting to go to his job in the city, says he watched people making the decision to either stay in the towers or jump.
Others talked about the noises, the smells and helping to clean up after the twin towers fell.
“That`s not going to go away. It`s going to be like that forever. In some people`s mind, you can be comforted by it but you`re not going to forget about it. That`s something that`s going to be imbedded with us for the rest of our lives,” said Aponte.
Overall, the day still sparks raw emotions and memories that for some, will stick with them for a lifetime.