LISTEN: Boomer And Gio Remember 9/11 On 18th Anniversary

Boomer and Gio
September 11, 2019 - 9:08 am
The annual "Tribute in Light" memorial in remembrance of victims who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks rises above the skyline on September 10, 2019, in New York City.

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WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti began Wednesday's show on a somber note, remembering the victims of 9/11 on the 18th anniversary of the attacks.

"I think about today, and with a heavy heart, for sure, as my foundation was on the 101st floor of the North Tower. We were within Cantor Fitzgerald," Esiason said on the "Boomer and Gio" show. "I personally lost about 200 friends that day, and it was just so heartbreaking, and it still lives with me today. I will never forget. I try not to dwell on the negatives that came out of that day. I try to think about the positives and my dear friends that we lost and how they would want their families to live their lives.

"I've been down to the memorial a number of times," Boomer continued. "I always go down and I reflect to where my boys were who were on the 105th floor, and I just look at their names and I just think about what their families have accomplished since that, what we've accomplished as a country since then. And I go down and I look at what has been rebuilt in the place of those World Trade Centers, and there's actually a level of pride that is associated with me. But then I also realize that there is so many first responders and people that went down there after the fact that are still dying from the aftereffects of that day. And it will never stop, and we should never forget.

"I was stuck in Denver for three days trying to come back from the Monday night football game between the Giants and the Denver Broncos. It was probably the longest three days that I've ever spent in my life. And I will say that today, it's a tough day for all the families 'cause they see all the replays of all of that."

Added Giannotti: "It really is amazing that it's 18 years, and when the reading of the names happened every year and it's broadcast on all the local news channels, I mean, it feels like the year after all over again. It's amazing how your mind sort of just goes back.

"It's an eerie day, but there are, as you mentioned, positives that have come out of it and how we've rebuilt that part of the city. That's something that there is a sense of pride. You're right. ... It's now something that is another great landmark that this beautiful city and resilient city has."

To listen to the open from Wednesday's show, in which the guys also discuss the Mets' win over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night, click on the audio player above.