“…But for those of us who lived through these events, the only marker we’ll ever need is the tick of a clock at the 46th minute of the eighth hour of the 11th day. We will remember where we were and how we felt.” – George W. Bush
I woke up yesterday morning and knew I wanted to write a blog post in relation to the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, but yet somehow I couldn’t even find 140 “characters” to put into a tweet, let alone write a post. It’s so hard for me to even find words to express the sympathy and sadness for a day like that in our history. For two hours I sat on my computer viewing images, watching news footage and reading numerous stories from 9/11, so painful to relive that morning. I recently read the featured story in People Magazine which profiled ten, 9 year old children who lost their fathers that day – whom they never had the opportunity to even meet, literally started crying in line at Kroger. So tragic and so sad, especially when the mothers told of how they explained to their kids, the story behind their father’s heroic deaths.
I think everyone remembers exactly where they were and how they reacted to the news coverage that morning. It was 7th grade for me, class had just ended and I vividly remember the terror and fear in all my classmates eyes as I walked the hallway to my next class. I remember seeing my math teacher in tears as we watched it on TV – I wasn’t completely aware of the Twin Towers – but halfway through the morning I knew that we had faced a horrible, horrible tragedy that day. When I arrived home from school that afternoon I walked into the living room where my dad was crying in disbelief, head in his hands, just sitting in front of our TV. The days, weeks and months that followed consisted nothing of depressing news coverage and continuous mourning over the loss of so many innocent lives. September 11, 2001 truly changed our lives forever. However, on a positive note, I believe it brought us, as a country together and gave us strength, something we’ve always struggled with. It’s unfortunate it took such a tragic event to make this happen but I think the relationships that people have with their neighbors and strangers are forever changed, in a much better way than they were before. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected that day and the days following. We will never forget.