Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

To my mind, no remembrance of 9/11 can pass without referencing The Falling Man and those who also made their own choice how to die that horrible day.

Most of the images we remember from 9/11 are of buildings falling and planes crashing into buildings. But the images of people leaping or falling to their deaths humanize the tragedy like no other.

AP's Richard Drew took several photos of this nameless man who appears to have been an employee of the Top of the World restaurant.

A person falls headfirst from the north tower of New York's World Trade Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

There's an outstanding documentary on the search for the identity of The Falling Man. Wrenching as it is, the poignancy of the search is worth watching.

We all have our own feelings about the morality of choosing to jump to one's death. The sad truth is, many of those who fell probably simply lost their grip as they were overcome by the smoke and fire. And something I can't get out of my head -- how many chose the fire rather than suicide?

This small clip is definitely not for the squeamish. It is from the Naudet Brothers documentary on 9/11 and was shot inside the lobby of the North Tower as the bodies hit the ground.

There are those who think this an exercise in ghoulishness. Far from it. As the narrator of the search for The Falling Man documentary points out, there are few images that can bring to mind the raw emotions of that day many of us felt. If the purpose of all the ceremonies today is to remember, there is no better way than this to remind us what it was like to live through that horrible day.

About 200 people either fell or leaped to their deaths from the twin towers on September 11, 2001.