NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York at the time, says we have to remain vigilant.
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Giuliani has images of 9/11 etched on his mind.
"My most dramatic memory of the day is watching a man throw himself from the 100th floor, 101st hundred floor," he told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.
"Watching people get hit with debris, getting killed. This is before the building came down," he added.
Years cause memories to fade, but the man once labeled "America's Mayor" has a warning.
"It isn't over. They're still at war with us. The reason that September 11th happened is still very much part of our world, unlike World War II, World War I, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War. These are all part of our history," he said. "The people who attacked us there attacked us in the name of jihad in this insane thought that there should be one religion and the one religion should be Islam and that we are all infidels and that our capitalist system and our political system is an abomination."
Giuliani said we don't have the luxury to forget about September 11th.
He said there are young people in the Middle East and other parts of the world being being "talked at" right now, meaning they are being indoctrinated.
But even amid all of the horror of 9/11, Giuliani said there are also uplifting memories.
"The construction workers - they volunteered at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. Nobody called them. Nobody asked for them," he said. "All these big giant guys walking up with their arms out, those big muscles sticking out, saying 'We're ready to help you.' Looked like an army had come to rescue us."
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