The Falling Man

The story behind the iconic photo of the man seen falling 19 years ago on September 11th.

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Yes, this photograph is real. A man plummeting from the top floor of the World Trade Center on the horrific day of September 11th, 2001. Many people often overlook the fact that this picture is real. Many take for granted our safety and security, as well. This 9/11, let us not just remember that a horrific, despicable act of terrorism against the nation occurred, but rather let us never forget.

This is the story of The Falling Man.

September 11th, 2001 was a day that no American should ever forget. For those living in the Tristate area, we are constantly reminded of the terrible day by just seeing the New York City skyline.

It was a clear day. Birds chirping. The NYC traffic was bustling.

In the middle of rush hour, at around 8:46 am the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the iconic World Trade Center. At 9:02 am a second plane crashed into the South Tower. America was under attack.

As time went by and the situation for the people stuck inside the two burning buildings became more and more dire, there seemed to be no options. Sadly, some of the people in the towers that day decided that it was time to jump.

One of those people was Johnathan Briley.

Johnathan was a real man. He made the choice to fall that scary day that no one will ever forget.

Johnathan was a sound engineer who worked on different windows around the entire world. When he received the call that he was being stationed in New York City to work on the Twin Towers, he was thrilled. It was an absolute dream come true.

The photo titled The Falling Man will remain as one of the most heartbreaking photographs ever taken.

In the photo, Johnathan looks as if he is floating. It is almost peaceful in a way. Although his voyage through the air only lasted about ten seconds, the photo speaks a million words.

It may seem like just a photo, but it was reality. Real people lost their lives on 9/11.

Johnathan’s heartbreaking story is just one example of why we cannot forget 9/11.

“Never forget”. Those were the last words of Johnathan Briley.

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